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Tall Timbers dialogue continues

NORTH CREEK Public comment regarding the proposed Tall Timbers project continued at Mondays Johnsburg Planning Board meeting as residents reiterated their concerns about traffic along River Road and East Holcomb Road.

Is River Road adequate to be the sole entrance to Tall Timbers? asked River Road resident Barbara McNaughton. Would it be possible for the board to make its own findings or have your own expert evaluate it?

McNaughton made the request in response to a traffic study provided by the developer Al Grippaldi that suggested that the traffic impact from the project would be minimal.

But McNaughton and others question the use of the word minimal.

I just want to reiterate the residents concerns about traffic on River Road, said road resident John Lowery. It is not adequate. It is dangerous. I dont believe their study.

Developer Grippaldi countered that the traffic study was prepared by engineers well-versed in evaluating traffic impact.

Our traffic study is based on science, Grippaldi told the planning board.

Some members of the Planning Board appeared to be not persuaded.

I understand that engineering studies are based on science, said board member Ron Vanselow. But theres more to look at than what the engineers put on paper.

Board member Bill Heidrich agreed.

I was an engineer in my working life, he said. I dont believe (this study) because I live here. ...My concerns are getting in and getting out of the development.

Heidrich suggested that the developer consider a new entrance to the development on a new road that could be built off of Route 28.

Grippaldi is proposing development of 64 town house units, nine single-family homesites and a 22-room hotel on the site adjacent to the airport.

This is not a giant development by any means, said John Lemery, attorney for the developer.

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