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Amityville home elevation law up for March hearing

A temporary Amityville law passed after superstorm Sandy to make it easier for homeowners in flood zones to elevate their houses could be added to the books permanently after a March 14 hearing.

Under the law, which had been due to expire in April, homes in flood-zone neighborhoods that were standing Oct. 29, 2012, the day superstorm Sandy struck, can be lifted two to three feet above base flood elevation without obtaining a height variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The law does not permit any other increases to the height of the home or alterations to its footprint.

Trustees voted 5-0 at the Monday night village board meeting to schedule the hearing.

The village has issued 60 permits for home elevations since Sandy and officials expect another 15 to 20 applications in coming months, trustee Nick LaLota this week.

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