Kiryas Joel releases final study in expansion bid

Plans for a controversial land deal involving an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Orange County would have a minimal impact on the surrounding area, according to

Plans for a controversial land deal involving an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Orange County would have a minimal impact on the surrounding area, according to an official statement by Kiryas Joel leaders Monday.

Plans for a controversial land deal involving an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Orange County would have a minimal impact on the surrounding area, according to an official statement by Kiryas Joel leaders Monday. (8/17/15)

KIRYAS JOEL - Plans for a controversial land deal involving an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Orange County would have a minimal impact on the surrounding area, according to an official statement by Kiryas Joel leaders Monday.

The environmental impact statement was sent to Town of Monroe lawmakers, who will vote on whether to allow the village to annex nearby land.

Many Orange County residents oppose the plan for the village's expanded footprint, including County Executive Steve Neuhaus, who says plans to develop the land could negatively impact the entire county.

John Allegro, another opponent to the plan, disputes the report's claims that the expansion will have minimal impact on the environment, transportation, social services and population.

"We're talking intense, non-organic growth here," Allegro says. "We're talking about the potential of a mass migration of 50,000 people."

Kiryas Joel wants to build high-density housing on 507 acres, many of which are forested.

The plans call for six units per acre, which could accommodate thousands of new families within the next few years.

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