Harborwood Shores subdivision stormwater runoff implications

By Carol Casey

Several residents in the Harborwood Shores neighborhood turned out for the Development Review Board (DRB) meeting on Nov. 4 to question the stormwater runoff implications of merging five lots into two and constructing two homes on two proposed lots on General Greene and Chateaugay Roads. The president of the Harborwood Shores Homeowners Association read a series of technical questions written by adjacent land owner Joseph Oppenlander about the stormwater management plan presented by Wilson Consulting Engineers and the model upon which it is based.

The DRB recommended that Jeffrey Olesky, the Wilson Consulting Engineers representative hired by the applicant, meet with Oppenlander to discuss the report. Kay Kraushaar, another landowner abutting the property, also questioned whether runoff would flow from these properties onto her lot and on to the neighborhood beach. DRB Chair Mark Sammut said he might propose a condition to the approval that “limits of disturbance” be imposed on the applicant so that the grades of adjacent lots not be impacted by the development. In the end, the DRB continued the hearing on the application to its next meeting.

The DRB also reviewed the Sketch Plan Application filed by Buono Appetito Corporation for a two-lot minor subdivision of their property at 3182 Shelburne Road. As previously presented at a prior DRB meeting, the owners wish to divide the property into two separate parcels, but some variances will be required because the individual lots would not be of sufficient size to meet current regulations. This is due to the fact that some of their property was obtained by the State of Vermont when Route 7 was widened. Dave Marshall of Civil Engineering Associates presented several different plans for dividing the properties in such a manner as to minimize the deviation from existing requirements. The DRB considered the options and did vote to classify the property as a minor subdivision, thus allowing the owners to move ahead to the next step in the approval process.

In other business, the DRB granted conditional use approval for the construction of a lakeshore erosion control structure at 4092 Harbor Road.

The next meeting of the DRB will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7pm in the Municipal Center.

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