Johnsburg Planning Board tackles projects

Neighbors air concerns about Ward Hill Subdivision plan

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— Residents of Iroquois Trail and Chatiemac Road turned out in force at the Johnsburg Planning Board meeting Monday, Feb. 27 to voice concerns about the proposed Ward Hill Subdivision, a 12-lot development on a 240-acre parcel in the Iroquois/Chatiemac neighborhood.

About a dozen residents, many of them from the Chatiemac Homeowners Association, grilled project engineer James Easton for more than 90 minutes, citing concerns ranging from stormwater runoff issues to the potential impact on brook trout habitat in the stream that runs through the property.

The comments came during a public hearing that was a continuation of a public hearing into the project carried over from the January meeting of the Planning Board.

Resident William Bryant sent an 11-point letter to the Planning Board detailing concerns that included the grade of a proposed access road, the size of proposed stormwater retention ponds, a logging easement proposed in the plan and a lack of specifics about fire prevention plans. He attended the meeting as well, reiterating the points made in his letter.

“Those of us who live downhill are very concerned about runoff from the development,” Bryant said. “And there’s nothing mentioned about fire protection. Does the town require that as part of the plan?”

Planning Board Chairwoman Dottie Osterhout informed Bryant that as part of the review process, the Planning Board would consult with the fire and emergency response companies that cover that area of the town and get their recommendations regarding appropriate accommodations for fire and EMS coverage and would factor those into any final approval.

“Will future expansion be allowed?” asked resident Ellen Smith. “What about bridges over the creek? Will there be more clearing of trees? What hours will there be construction and for how long?”

Things such as construction schedules can be addressed as conditions of approval, Planning Board member Cort Nester said.

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