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Dutchman Acres plan to be reviewed

Town Board Member Patricia Slavick said she supported sending the matter back to the planning board to review the updated plan.

Runion said he is especially concerned with runoff into Black Creek, since that creek feeds into the Watervliet reservoir, a source of water for both the City of Watervliet and the Town of Guilderland.

Meyer said he is working on an alternative to the HOA maintaining the basin, but the location will likely not change.

"The location is pretty well locked in," Chris Meyer said. The land is at one of the lowest points, large enough and offset from the units, all requirements of a retention basin.

Chris Myer said the HOA idea was recommended by the planner, highway superintendent and water and sewer departments, and he is actually in favor of an alternative.

He said if the basin is properly maintained, the runoff into Black Creek would actually be cleaner than if no development was there, and he is working on having that validated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Chris Meyer also said he is working with Highway Superintendent Todd Gifford to possibly create a storm-water district that would be assessed, yield a minimal fee and be maintained by the town.

He also discussed the nature of some changes in the style of the units. He said the project began two and half years ago, and in April of 2008, Town Planner Jan Weston recommended the project be redesigned to closer represent a "hamlet" style.

Hamlet developments typically include narrow roads, less pavement, homes set closer to the street and front porches. They also generally hide the garage structures from the front of the units. The style is supposed to reflect architecture of the early 20th century.

In 2005, the town of Guilderland passed a law that created a "country hamlet" zoning designation. This is the first development that is proposing changing any zone to that designation.

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