Dutchman Acres plan to be reviewed

Representatives from Dutchman Acres were denied a zoning change due to stormwater concerns voiced by the Town Board at the Tuesday, Feb. 17, meeting.

Christopher and Gregg Meyer, of O.J. Meyer and Son Land Surveyors presented to the board their plans to develop a plot of land across the street from Guilderland High School located near School and Depot roads.

The plans to rezone the 40-acre plot of land were put on hold when the Town Board decided to let the town planner study a revised development plan and comment on the location of the stormwater retention basin.

The Meyers came before the board hoping to change the zone from Residential-Agricultural Three, or RA-3, to a Country Hamlet. A rezoning is needed for the development to move forward.

The development is slated to have 25 single-family units, 4 twin units and 12

senior apartments, Chris Meyer said, and the residential units would range between 2,000 and 2,600 square feet. The plot features 7 to 8 acres of unusable wetlands that will not be developed.

Chris Meyer said he was hopeful for a positive outcome, and a successful rezone of the land, but he understands the Town Board has the best interests of the town in mind.

I'm looking forward to working with the board, he said.

The developer presented plans to have the Home Owners Association maintain the stormwater basin, however town Supervisor Ken Runion said he has reservations about giving the association the large responsibility and has seen cases in the past where the HOA could not handle similar task. If such a case were to occur, the town would then have to step in.

"I don't think we would be doing our jobs here if we allow that to be maintained by the Home Owners Association," Runion said.

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