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Residents upset by Malta project’s approval

Clifton Knolls residents fear subdivision will mean increase in traffic

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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— The town Planning Board has approved a controversial 17-lot subdivision on land just north of the Clifton Park town line, despite opposition from some residents in the Country Knolls subdivision.

The Maple Forest project was approved with an entrance from Longkill Road and a second entrance linking it to Alpine Pass, a dead-end street in Country Knolls.

People living in and around Alpine Pass have opposed the project over the past three years, citing concerns about increased traffic through their section of the development.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Ann Taylor, one of the opposed residents. “There have been about 15 people attending for the last three years, and as things came to a head, we complained that we weren’t being listened to.”

The connection between Country Knolls and the new development was recommended by the Saratoga County Planning Board, and officials noted that when Country Knolls was built, a “stub” for a future street extension was included at the end of Alpine Pass.

Planning Board member David Wallingford said the board listened to the opponents, even though it went against their wishes.

“We heard that you don’t like this, but the developer has rights, too,” Wallingford said. “There is also evidence that this [cut-through] was intended.”

Taylor said she asked during Tuesday’s meeting that a traffic study be done to measure the likely growth in traffic on Alpine Pass if the connection is built, but the board didn’t act on her request.

She said none of the subdivision opponents can afford to pursue legal action over the approval.

However, she complained that a town code enforcement officer removed 11 signs she had put up around the neighborhood, asking neighbors to attend the Planning Board meeting. The code officer said the signs were in the road’s right-of-way, violating the town sign ordinance.

“Right now, we’re frustrated,” Taylor said.

 
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