Hearing on Whiteface Resort project draws a crowd

LAKE PLACID - It was standing room only June 17 as the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board held a public hearing on the proposed Whiteface Resort subdivision project dubbed "Overlook II."

The hearing kicked-off with a brief overview of the project, which involves developing resort-owned property on Whiteface Inn Lane near Edgewood Road and Chipmunk Lane.

Resort General Manager Mark Sperling detailed the plans.

"We're proposing taking an area and utilizing it for 22 twin homes or duplex homes, 11 structures," he said. "The 11 structures will be placed in the footprint of building envelopes that were previously approved for 11 large single-family homes."

Neighboring property owners were concerned with previous projects from the Whiteface Resort, noting that the stormwater run-off from Overlook I has caused significant damage to homes downhill from the development. One resident told the board she had pictures of a neighbor's living room flooded with water.

"We were assured in 1990 that there would be no negative impact on the lake or our property," she said. "How do we know that will be the case now?"

Other property owners were concerned about the impacts of an additional subdivision on the surrounding area. Mark Wilson is president of the Lake Placid Shoreowners Association.

"My three main points that I'd like to address concern lake water quality, traffic on the lake, and the view shed and the effect of the

construction on the upper Overlook section of the plan on the view shed," Wilson said.

Wilson, whose voluntarily conducted water tests on Lake Placid, said there are concerns about the water's clarity and quality.

"Several homeowners draw their drinking water from that portion of the lake," he said. "It's of the utmost importance for the board to assure that runoff is controlled."

Chris Kelly attended the meeting with his wife Etta. He owns property in the Edgewood area and was concerned about the size and scope of the project. The Kellys said they moved into the area for privacy, and the project as proposed resembles a suburban neighborhood complete with a cul-de-sac.

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