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Ward Hill subdivision approved conditionally

  1. — The project must obtain all approvals and permits required from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the state Department of Health, the Adirondack Park Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers and those permits must be filed with the town of Johnsburg.

  2. Given that no blasting or hydraulic breaking is anticipated by the project engineer, if, after commencing the project, conditions are discovered that necessitate blasting or hydraulic breaking, the applicant must submit a plan for doing so to the Planning Board and gain approval prior to commencing any blasting or hydraulic breaking.

  3. Any construction, including tree clearing, grading, road building, or any other construction activity must be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  4. The deed language must be reviewed by the Planning Board.

  5. The final subdivision map must contain a block of 175 acres designated as the home owners association designated recreation area and must clearly state that no building may occur in that area. Additionally, the applicant must provide a timber harvest plan for the area prepared by a professional forester.

  6. Provisions of a bond to ensure proper construction and warranty of the road, storm control measures and other construction activities must be reviewed by the Planning Board and approved by the Town Board. The amount of the bond will be determined through negotiations between the town engineer and the project engineer.

Project engineer James Easton thanked the board for its favorable decision.

“We’ll be in touch,” Osterhout said.

Throughout the process, Easton said he could not offer a potential start date for actual construction. He indicated that the decision of when or even if to construct the subdivision was solely in the hands of the property owner employing him, whom he declined to identify.

Planning Board approval is a significant hurdle. Still, for the project to go forward, Easton said, he still needs permits for specific aspects of the proposal from the Board of Health and the Army Corps of Engineers, among others.

The Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 6 in the lower meeting room at Tannery Pond Community Center to hold a public hearing on an application for a two-lot subdivision for a property on Route 28. That is the only issue slated for that meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Planning Board will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27 in the lower meeting room at Tannery Pond Community Center.

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