Cluster development debate continues

LAKE GEORGE The Lake George Town Board heard an earful at its February meeting from one town resident with concerns about cluster development in the town. During the public comment period at the end of the meeting, Diamond Point resident Mike Seguljic charged that the town is allowing developers to use cluster development inappropriately in at least three proposed subdivisions in the town. The intent of cluster development is to preserve the open space and rural character of a parcel of land by minimizing the construction of roads and other infrastructure throughout the parcel by clustering homes in groups and leaving a majority of the land undeveloped. But Seguljic argued that cluster development is being used instead to bypass the existing 5- and 10-acre lot-size requirement and increase the number of houses that can be built on a parcel that otherwise would be largely unbuildable because of topography or wetlands or other natural conditions. Seguljic noted that in one proposed development on Diamond Point Road the parcel is being carved up by three separate roads, one of which is nearly a mile long. Town Supervisor Lou Tessier responded to Seguljics concerns by telling him that the town follows its code. We do what we can do and we dont do what we cant do, Tessier said. Seguljic said the issues isnt whether cluster development is allowed, but rather how it is being interpreted. To support his argument, he gave the town board a petition with more than 40 signatures of residents who are concerned about the the towns interpretation and use of the cluster development concept. He also pointed to letters from the Lake George Association and the Adirondack Council urging the town to review its use of cluster development. Seguljics comments echoed those he made at the February Planning Board meeting during a public hearing regarding one of the proposed subdivisions on Diamond Point Road. Town Board member Scott Wood, who attended the same Planning Board meeting, urged Seguljic to allow the Planning Board to do its job and not to draw any conclusions about what the board will ultimately decide about the proposed subdivisions. I dont believe the Planning Board has made a decision yet, Wood said.

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