Town of Goshen Staff, Consultants to Visit Legoland Florida

October 12, 2016 Updated: October 12, 2016

GOSHEN—Consultants for the Town of Goshen Planning Board, the town’s building inspector, and chairman of the planning board will be taking a weekend visit to Legoland in Florida to see what a similar park in Goshen might look like.

The town board voted in an Oct. 11 resolution that the planning board consultants would pay their own way, while the planning board chairman and building inspector, as representatives of the town, would have their expenses paid for by the amusement park’s application fee. 

Only town Councilman Kenneth Newbold opposed it, saying he thought it gave the appearance of impropriety that money coming from Merlin Entertainments PLC, the parent company of Legoland, would go toward the airfare and accommodations of the town employees. He said he thought they should pay for themselves like he did when he went there.

Richard Golden, who serves as legal council to the town and the planning board and would be going as a consultant, said they found a similar trip to California helpful when considering Amy’s Kitchen, an organic food manufacturing plant coming to Goshen, “to check fact from fiction.”

“Especially checking representations made by the applicant,” he said. “And whether things are really working as they represent.”

He said they plan to look at Leogland’s back of house, how it moves things internally, how it handles parking, the park’s visual impacts, and noise from different areas around the park.

The group is planning to fly in on Oct. 28 and fly back Oct. 29, he said.

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