Feeney said the board has not seen a conclusive state Department of Environmental Conservation report on the gas leak from a former gas station in the area, but it appeared that the gas spill was moving away from Strassburg's property.
"There are still volatile organic compounds in the ground," he said, adding that the board will have to follow up on the issue before final approval.
As for drainage worries, Strassburg's engineering consultant, Zareh Altounian, said engineers were considering putting in swales or an underground drainage system. Several neighbors opposed the swale plan at the meeting, stressing current flooding problems in their neighborhood.
"I'm very concerned about the swale issue," said Lynn Nasadoski. "It's just going to be a ditch of standing water."
The proposal to build three houses on the land has been unpopular with neighbors who also have expressed concern about increased traffic and noise.
Feeney said the town will consider the drainage options carefully, but added that the board "can't make the applicant resolve all drainage problems in the neighborhood."
In other business, the board approved the concept for a two-lot subdivision of 15 acres at 155 Route 146. The land belongs to James Brust, who plans to sell 1 acre of the property to his daughter and son-in-law.""