Five Rivers development still in the works

Bakner said it was an "oddly shaped parcel," and that she was unsure if they could give the full 20-foot easement with the current plans.

"If we gave you 20 feet back to here," she said pointing at a map during the meeting, "I don't know what it would give up."

Bakner reminded the board of what the property would be worth to a developer and on behalf of Richards expressed frustration over the delays in approval.

"She's quite frustrated with the process here, not with the board, but with the process," Bakner said. "She's being given $60,000 for 24 acres and she could turn around tomorrow and get $300,000. At some point, you hit a tipping point."

Concluding, she said, "I will ask her, that is all I can do."

All seven lots, she said, would be buildable, with the exception of the third lot, which has an existing home on it, according to the plans. One of the lots will be set back from the others, and may be "more desirable" to a potential buyer.

"We're not putting in any roadways at all, it will just be driveways and accesses," said Bakner said in April. "We think it's a good thing. Typically, a developer comes in and wants to know how many lots they can get out of it."

Bakner said Richards is only putting eight lots on property that could easily accommodate 30 lots.

Mathusa said of Richards' plan at a previous Planning Board meeting that "It's a nice community gesture on her part."


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