LP's new zoning laws squeeze local developer

Dietrich told WNBZ that portions of the village that include the Lussi properties were changed to a zone called "village center," a classification that does lower the maximum height of the building, but is otherwise less restrictive because it permits larger building footprints and denser development.

Dietrich said the classification is designed to result in a more appropriate visual impact for a village setting.

"The question we asked ourselves [during the planning process] was: do we really want a building that high on Mirror Lake?" Dietrich said.

Dietrich says his opinion on the matter hasn't changed, but that he's open to considering Lussi's argument on the merits of reclassifying the districts.

"If there are problems we should take a look at them," Dietrich said.

"What we'd have to look at is a 40-foot allowance for the whole village center, or create two separate zones," he added.

The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees and North Elba Town Council will have to make the ultimate decision. They agreed to consult with the steering committee and issue a decision within a month.

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