Originally Posted by S.I.B.
Eyesore? That's pretty funny...especially when you consider what's just a little further east down Jericho.
As for traffic, how many units are there in the Preserve? Can't be much more than 20 or so....whicn means any affect on traffic (on what is already a heavily trafficked road) would be barely noticeable.
I'm not taking a side in this, but your "reasons" for being against this development are pretty weak.
Perhaps I should clarify my point. I'm citing the "Preserve" as a bad precedent for down-zoning. The development sits on 8.2 acres. All the other residential properties in that area are zoned 1 acre. So now you have 32 homes (equaling approximately 64 cars) sitting on land where only 8 homes would previously been allowed. With single family detached homes the acreage would also be more open and appealing to those of us who prefer seeing mature growth trees to densely packed buildings and parking lots.
The same developer who built this monstrosity is actively seeking to build 80 similar units (dubbed "Kensington Estates") in the ToH directly across from my community. This 16 acre parcel is currently zoned 1 acre residential - meaning 16 homes can be built there. Which is better for traffic, the environment, and suits the area - 16 homes or 80 homes?
From the Cold Spring Hills Civic Association's letter to the Town Board dated September 15, 2009
-The proposed plan is inconsistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan that recommends low-density residential use of the site.
-The plan is inconsistent with the Special Groundwater Protection Area (SGPA) Plan that recommends low-density residential use of the site.
-The proposed plan is incompatible with the character of the surrounding neighborhood which is mostly low-density residential.
-The rezoning of this property could pose a precedent for other re-zonings.
-The clearing and grading of the majority of the site will reduce open space and change drainage patterns, affecting nearby wetlands.
-The plan will increase traffic and impact on neighboring roads.
-The plan will result in a loss of horse stables and open space.
For these and other reasons, I'm not sure why anybody would be in favor of such down-zoning, save the Queens based developer to stands to make a huge profit off the quality of living of actual ToH residents. I don't care what Jercho Tpk, looks like further east or west. It remains mostly woodland on the stretch near my home - and my neighbors and I would like to keep it that way.
As for the Oheka development. It calls for 190 condos on a "footprint of 2.9 acres" and "another 1.6 acres to be set aside for roadways." TOO DENSE. TOO MANY CARS. It also sets precedent for other high-density developments like "Kensignton Estates."
As for following the money...the comments in the Tattler article do a pretty good job of exposing how many town, county, and state representatives Mr. Melius has "supported" over the years.