"Let me say right up front that we, as well as most of our neighbors, are not against development on Van Dyke Road," the Ballato's wrote in a letter to Cunningham and Morelli dated June 21.
"We simply would have liked to have been involved in what will be in our backyards," the letter said. "We do not appreciate that the Town and Planning Boards have not only taken away that right by completely ignoring our concerns but appear to approve a project which very likely could have adverse results on our neighborhood."
Dempf pointed out the Van Dyke Spinney project is below the density allowed for such a development under the Planned Development District that was approved by the town board. The current density of the project allows the developers to keep the price of the homes affordable, which is currently being estimated at costing roughly $1 a square foot.
The project will also only house seniors aged 55 and up, thus having little or no impact on the school district, according to the projects developers.
Planning Board member Howard Engel disagreed with that point.
"This will impact the school district," Engel said, contending that when the town's seniors move out of their larger homes to Van Dyke Spinney, their former residences will be bought by younger families with children.
Developers will be returning to the planning board with water and sewer plans and Dempf said project managers will continue to be fully cooperative with the town's requests.""