Woodstock planners need to know who will be responsible for the planned subdivision
A Review of the sketch plan for a 147-acre subdivision off Glasco Turnpike has members of the Woodstock Planning Board wondering who will enforce a conservation area proposed by the developers.
“That’s really the most complicated question here. Because that’s what’s going to really make it a great development or not really a great development, depending on what kind of landlords we have and what kind of things they choose to try to do with those properties,” said Planning Board consultant Matthew Rudikoff told the September 15 review. “It’s always up to the landowner, at some point, to self-impose because we’re not going to inspect everything that’s done there. The definition of this is therefore important.
The subdivision provides for 12 lots, one of which, approximately 27 acres, will be set aside for conservation purposes. Other parts of the 147 acres, including parts of the building land, will be prohibited from disturbance or grading for a total of 101 areas which will be under some sort of protection.
This is the first major subdivision to come to the Planning Council in at least two decades.
“This is a very environmentally sensitive area, and the applicants have done an excellent job of taking the environment into account and mitigating disturbance to the area as much as possible,” the Planning Board chairman said. , Peter Cross.
The distinction between a conservation area and a conservation easement will be something to be worked out between developers and the Planning Board. Developers have said they don’t want to go the easement route as it will need to be placed under third party control, which complicates matters.
“It’s just a matter for the Planning Board as to how far they want to go to ensure this is one of the greatest developments ever. And it’s going to be like that,” Rudikoff said. “How are these quantities and how are these dimensions actually applied? How will an owner know them? If it’s someone who isn’t familiar with some of these restrictions or anything else, they rely on contractors who have been retained to do the job.
The land is owned and developed by Melissa and Fred Meyer. Fred, who is Melissa’s brother, takes the opportunity to live near his family by building a house on one of the proposed lots. He works for McBain Associates, a firm made up of biologists, engineers and ecologists who develop ecological restoration solutions.