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A watershed moment for Ballston Lake Overlay District

During a public workshop Tuesday, April 22, on the Ballston Lake Overlay District, residents expressed concerns over the regulations, which they say will limit development in the town.

Why do we need to add more of a burden to people trying to develop here? said Dave Bennett, who owns Bennett Stair Company on Route 50 in Ballston Spa.

Route 50 is the boundary for the overlay district.

Bennett also said the overlay district regulations will prevent development in town because it will cost more to build. He said it is already difficult to market the town for development and that these regulations make it harder.

"It seems like another step to limit growth," he said.

Todd Stewart, who owns Stewart Construction on Vienna Court in Burnt Hills, said "It [the regulations] will add considerably to the cost of building.

He estimated that $10,000 would be added to the cost of building projects for public water.

According to the regulations, residents who want to build in the overlay district must have both public sewer and water to be granted a density bonus. Density bonuses allow developers to increase the number of units permitted on a property.

The town would also require people who want to build a single-family residential development between 1 and 5 acres to treat storm-water runoff.

There are several ways to treat storm-water runoff, which are outlined in the Stormwater Design Manual issued by the state.

"There are some practices that would not be a large burden on homeowners," said Kathryn Serra, the town's engineer from CT Male Associates in Latham.

Two common storm-water runoff control practices are keeping trees on the property and building a swale.

A swale is a dip in the property, which holds water to prevent it from running off the property.

Serra said the town is only modifying the state regulations slightly in regard to residential development.

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