Another zoning matter in Riverside, meanwhile, appears to have gone away only temporarily.
Late in 2016, the Riverside Preservation Commission stopped dead in its tracks a bid to consolidate four residential lots and then re-subdividing them into two lots, in order to sell off the smaller of the two.
The large parcel contains a Riverside landmark home and the now-former owner wanted to break off a parcel in order to build a small home on it. The large landmark home would still have enough land surrounding it so as not to diminish the home, it was argued.
The property has been sold, but only after the village threatened to block the sale if any of the lots the entire property comprised were sold off individually.
The village in the past year moved to protect the remaining original large residential lots, and in its ruling the Preservation Commission specifically noted the village’s intentions regarding those lots.
The matter may end up in court, and the future of Riverside’s large lots and their ability to be subdivided might end up being decided by someone outside the village.
We just hope the village doesn’t later wish it had taken the offer to protect the landmark home by agreeing to a reasonable subdivision request.