October 20, 2017 – The Goshen town Planning Board approved an umbrella resolution for Legoland New York on Thursday, giving the $500 million theme park approval for its site plan and clearing and grading permits, completing a 17-month-long review process. Merlin Entertainments, Legoland’s developer, had to win zoning changes, upgrading the parcels from residential to commercial and to permit a commercial recreation facility to allow the park to proceed. The Town Board OK’d those changes last month.
“This is a big deal, this is a good thing for us,” said Phil Royle, Legoland’s community relations head.
Opponents have voiced concerns about traffic as well as quality-of-life, water and environmental issues and they filed petitions, calling for a permissive referendum on the sale of about 8 acres of scattered town-owned lands that would figure into Legoland New York. The resolution the Planning Board approved reflected that move, with the original 522-acre scope of the project reduced to 514 acres.
Located around 65 miles away from New York City, the park will feature more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, in addition to a 250-bedroom Lego hotel. This will be Merlin’s tenth Legoland, taking the best elements from every Legoland park worldwide and combining them to create an ultimate Lego experience.