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MALTA: Concerns dot Plains Road plan

"I think there has to be some massaging as to where this entrance is," said Nick Schwartz of Clough Harbour Engineers, serving as the town engineer. "Just because you can meet the criteria doesn't mean it's the best location for it."

In order to determine the best location, Schwartz and the applicant's traffic engineers will meet at the site to review the available options. Both Barton and DePace were invited to join them in an effort to include area residents in the decision making process.

A proposed multi-use pathway from the site connecting to the Plains Road Park was found to not be as feasible as it was on paper. Barton's home dates back to the days when Plains Road was one lane of dirt. The expansion and pavement of the road has left him with just over 20 feet between his front porch and the road. Schwartz suggested that while a multi-use pathway could not be placed there, a smaller, 4-foot sidewalk could be among the options available.

Barton suggested another option " doing away with the connection from the main access road altogether. He suggested the applicant seek easement rights to a parcel on Cramer Road that would allow pedestrian access, eliminating the dangers associated with a Plains Road pathway.

Other changes made to the site plan since the last public hearing included a change in density. Previously using a total unit number of 140, Gordon Nicholson of Environmental Design told the board the applicant, Thomas Farone and Son, had agreed to decrease the overall density to 112. In addition, recommendations of board members to pull units farther away from the slopes near Saratoga Lake were taken to heart.

"I don't believe any of the units will be visible from Saratoga Lake," said Nicholson. ""

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