"This allows for more wooded property in the project and minimizes a potential impact on wetlands."
He added that some trees would inevitably have to be removed during construction in order to implement the pedestrian pathway slated for project. Currently, he said, the project is going through site plan review and that the next step is to look at infrastructure.
"The idea was to get the design down," Morelli said. "They're going to get in more of the site detail next because they're going to extend water and sewer to the project."
Copeland told the board that a "community house" was planned to be the centerpiece of the design for the proposed multi-unit project.
The development proposal has been stalled several times over the years but was recently granted a proposed planned development by the town board and has been moving forward since. There have been some concerns from neighbors regarding infrastructure and the size and scope of the project.
Some of the residents expressed concerns that they were not adequately involved in the project's planning process and were not given ample time to speak publicly.
There have been public hearings held on the project at Town Hall, but, Morelli said, it is unlikely that there will be any more.
Planning board member Kate Powers said she like the new style and added, "It appears to be well-done."
Planning Board Chairman Parker Mathusa joked with fellow board member John Smolinsky about moving forward with plan details.
"I think I'm ready," Smolinsky said.
When Mathusa interjected, "To move in?"
"No, not yet," Smolinsky said to a round of laughter. "But I'm ready to move forward.""