Planning Board gives Verstandig's project the OK

Keystone has said construction on infrastructure and a model home will begin in the inclement months. The units will likely be priced in the high $300,000 to low $400,000 range.

Pines at Normanside moves ahead

The Planning Board on Tuesday also gave preliminary approval to a subdivision that has been going through the planning process for years.

The Pines at Normanside would be a development of 10 single family homes off of Leonard Place in Delmar. The developer would extend that road off of Delaware Avenue, and also build a commercial building closer to that thoroughfare.

That scale is smaller than original plans, which called for more homes and a 6-unit apartment building above the commercial space.

There has been much discussion about how the project would impact erosion and water runoff in the area, including at a public hearing in November when many neighbors of the subdivision came to criticize the plans.

Leveille said he was aware of the erosion issues on the slopes at the site from his time in the Department of Public Works, but he said studies by many engineers and the approval of the Department of Environmental Conservation on the stormwater management plan eased his mind.

"[The studies] indicate that at the end of the day you're going to have a site that's more stable than it is today," he said. "I'm very satisfied that this is a good plan...most of the concerns raised by neighbors are being addressed."

"We certainly understand there are drainage issues out there...we are meeting the DEC regulations so we will not be increasing runoff into those swales," said project engineer Mike Tucker of Infinigy Engineering.""

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