Biernacki subdivision clears first hurdle

New Scotland planners give preliminary approval for 12-lot project

— Residents had expressed concern the project would negatively affect drainage issues and worsen flooding problems already present.

Joe Bianchine, of ABD Engineers & Land Surveyors and representing the developer, said some minor adjustments were made to address the Planning Board’s concerns. He restated the project would actually be reducing run off from the cornfield by 20 to 25 percent.

“By doing infiltration we will actually be reducing the amount of runoff from this site after development than what currently happens now,” Bianchine said.

Board member Robert Stapf asked if the land would be able to support more groundwater from stormwater infiltration. Bianchine said the development would not negatively impact groundwater levels.

“We looked for seasonal high groundwater … so you can tell where the high groundwater reaches at various times of the year,” Bianchine said. “We’ll have minimal if any impact on groundwater by recharging into the ground.”

Even if the Planning Board grants approval to the project it won’t be the last step for the developer, because the Planning Board is recommending the Town Board establish a stormwater drainage district for the area.

The recommendation was given largely because it’s seen as the simplest method for the town to be reimbursed if any maintenance or other work is performed on drainage systems.

If the Town Board approved the district, homeowners would be billed for work on their tax bills. Without the district, the town would need to bill the homeowner for work performed and seek collection, which the board’s attorney Jeffery Baker said would be more likely to lead to legal action.

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