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Panel reviews potential subdivisions

The Conservation Advisory Council met Tuesday, July 22, to discuss the environmental impact of two potential subdivisions in the Guilderland area.

Both applicants took part in face-to-face interviews with the council to discuss the environmental impact of altering their land.

Peter Galvin, a property owner in Altamont, plans on dividing his 8.1-acre property into two parcels, one parcel would be 3.1-acres, and the other would be 5.1-acres.

Galvin said he plans to sell the 3.1 acres and using the remaining 5.1 acres to build a new house to live in. The property is located west of Route 158 on the Western Turnpike.

Michelle Muia, another local property owner, also plans to subdivide a property. Her property is located at 6604 Dunnsville Road.

Muia is planning on subdividing the property into two parcels, 3.6 acres each.

I'm looking to sell it, or sell them, she said, depending on if the planning board approves the subdivision.

"It's so far apart from any houses. Houses would look beautiful there," Muia said.

Based on the personal interviews and on-site reviews, the advisory council will send a report to the planning board with recommendations.

The council has the ability to recommend any measures that can be taken to make sure an applicant's proposed alterations to a property are environmentally friendly, council chair John Wemple said.

The board reviews, "topography, vegetation and trees, soil, drainage and wetland, septic and wells, visual impact, endangered species and historical considerations," according to information provided at the Tuesday, July 22, meeting.

Council members are planning to visit both properties under review on Saturday, July 26, before making their recommendations.

The conservation board was concerned primarily with the wildlife on the both parcels of land.

Galvin said there are no endangered species on the property, and no Karner blue butterflies, which the board was especially concerned about.

Muia said there were no endangered species on her property as well, but a large amount of deer.""

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