Fire chief: Ward Hill Subdivision’s access road doesn’t make the grade

— “If houses up the hill go up and the fire spreads, my house goes up, too,” one resident said.

“We would never approve something that didn’t have fire protection,” Planning Board member Cort Nester assured them.

Osterhout said the board has used alternate methods to assure fire protection for subdivisions where fire responders couldn’t or wouldn’t access the subdivision.

“For example, with one we required each home to have a sprinkler system,” Osterhout said.

The Ward Hill Subdivision proposal calls for 12 lots on a 200-plus acre parcel adjacent to Chatiemac Road and Iroquois Trail. The board didn’t resolve the fire protection question and deferred discussion of that and other issues related to the site plan review until a workshop scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 12 at Tannery Pond Community Center.

The workshop meeting is open to the public, Osterhout said, but there will not be an opportunity at the workshop for the public to ask questions. Nor will the board be able to take any action at the workshop.

In other activity, David Webb presented the board with a proposal for what he termed a “glamorous camping” or “glamming” venture and outdoor educational facility limited to four sites with a dining area and gazebo on a parcel located at 90 Armstrong Road. The parcel has been in Webb’s family since his youth, he said, and was a place where he learned to appreciate the Adirondacks and all the natural splendor of the region.

“I want to give something back,” Webb said, “and help people come to enjoy the area that I’ve grown to appreciate so much.”

The camp, dubbed Camp Orenda, would offer a guided experience in Adirondack outdoor adventure to small groups of no more than eight clients at a time, Webb said. It would be low impact on the environment and would incorporate a “leave no trace” philosophy.

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