Johnsburg Planning Board tackles projects

Neighbors air concerns about Ward Hill Subdivision plan

Johnsburg Town Hall

Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “That’s why public comment is so important,” Nester said.

Resident Paul Donnelly wondered about the impact the project would have on roads in the neighborhood.

“How about the damage caused by construction vehicles?” Donnelly asked.

Easton explained that the construction companies would have to repair any damage done to the town roadways. Inspections are conducted weekly, Easton said and he advised residents to monitor the condition of the roads and to take pictures.

“You’d be surprised but there are a lot of laws in place that address many of your concerns,” Easton said.

Osterhout asked Easton about blasting as part of the project, something that more than one resident had mentioned as a concern.

“There’ll be no blasting with this project,” Easton assured the gathering. “I’ll even agree to that as a condition of approval.”

The questions continued and Easton offered technical details of the project, often referring to maps, schematics and reports and indicated that his firm, WSP Sells Engineering, has an ongoing dialogue with the town’s engineering consultant, Clough Harbour to work through many of the questions that the residents had posed.

After 90 minutes of give and take, Chairwoman Osterhout closed the dialogue but urged the board to keep the public hearing open until the next meeting of the board on March 26. The review process will likely stretch several months as the engineers for the town and for the project work through technical aspects of the proposal.

“Large subdivisions are not quickly approved,” Osterhout told the crowd.

At the beginning of Monday’s project discussion, Osterhout asked Easton if the applicant would waive the 90-day time limit for the Planning Board to review the project. The applicant agreed.

The Board is expected to take up the matter again at its March meeting when it is expected that it will have the applicant’s response to a 25-point list of concerns issued by the town’s engineer.

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