Luther Forest holds hearing

Two items related to the Luther Forest Technology Campus (LFTC) were on the Malta planning board's agenda this week. While about 50 people packed the meeting room in town hall to hear the presentations by Mike Ingersol of the LA Group, representing LFTC, less than a dozen offered comment or asked questions during the two public hearings held to discuss the residential component and subdivisions of several properties along the proposed Stonebreak Road corridor included in the planned unit development district for the LFTC.

\It is pretty much an extension of what exists there, said Ingersol of the 36-lot design that will connect Plumb Poppy North with Plumb Poppy South. The roads, which have always been dead ends, will meet at a perpendicular angle to one another with a horseshoe-shaped road beginning at that intersection and connecting back to Plumb Poppy South. A cul-de-sac is also planned off of Plumb Poppy South.

Ingersol noted that a developer for the proposed layout has not been found but it will be the developer who will appear before the planning board for final site plan approval, several months from now. He fielded questions from area residents who expressed concerns about the storm water management system and emergency vehicle access, but by far the largest concern was the amount of traffic that would be going through the neighborhood during the construction phase.

"Infrastructure and road construction, all that activity would go through NYSERDA," said Ingersol, noting that there will be a point of access through NYSERDA property directly to the new development area so as to avoid excessive construction traffic. After construction is completed, Ingersol said that area would be deeded to the town for trail use. Residents said their concern is not just about the extra large construction vehicles rumbling through the neighborhood but vehicles belonging to construction workers or builders who would "race through the neighborhood." Ingersol said stop signs would be permanently placed along the new roadways, particularly at the intersection of the cul-de-sac and the intersection of the Plumb Poppy roads.

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