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Development plans move ahead in Bethlehem

It takes a village to make a village in the town of Bethlehem.

At the planning board's Tuesday, May 6, meeting, members listened to plans

for three developments in town known as Dowerskill Village in Glenmont, Mystic Woods in Delmar, and Cottonwood Estates in Delmar. All of the developments have been before the board previously and were submitting updated plans.

Kent Jenkins, the property owner and developer of Dowerskill Village, updated the board with his plans saying that 6 acres of green space would be deeded as open space and not be developed. The neighborhood association will oversee the property, he said.

Jenkins said street tree plantings would occur along Rotterdam Drive and that other shrubs and landscaping plans would also be included in the development.

At least one resident complained to the board that some of the existing trees along the street were to be removed during construction.

A woman who lives across the street from the development told the board that Jenkins told her trees would remain across the street from her. Jenkins denied stating that all the trees would remain.

Planning Board Chairman Parker Mathusa said the planning board would continue working with Jankins on his plans as the development moved forward.

The Mystic Woods plans were heard next.

The project is proposed for 25-acre parcel on Orchard Street in Delmar, which had an original zoning designation that could have allowed about 38 to 40 lots on the property. The current application proposes nine lots with part of the property bordering on the Five Rivers State Conservation land.

The property was rezoned while the project was still in the planning phases to residential large lot and the current application is consistent with its zoning, according to the planning board.

Each lot size ranges from a little over 2 acres to more than 3 acres, according to the plans, and the lots will front on a new town road and cul-de-sac.

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