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Housing project in Saratoga Springs to go before public

The city Planning Board will hear public comment tonight on the proposed 85-home Beaver Pond Vill

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The city Planning Board will hear public comment tonight on the proposed 85-home Beaver Pond Village subdivision off Geyser Road.

Although the board likely will take time to consider the plan and won’t vote tonight, the subdivision plan approval is the last significant hurdle the developer needs to clear before going forward with the project.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in City Hall.

The Planning Board last month approved environmental documents for Beaver Pond after a time-consuming review process.

The proposed development is larger and more complicated than most plans that come before the city, noted Principal Planner Jaclyn Hakes.

“There was a lot of time taken up to do the research and the drafting of the environmental impact statement,” Hakes said. “It’s a substantial number of lots that are involved.”

The Beaver Pond plans propose leaving 116 acres of open space and clustering 85 housing lots on the remaining 33 acres. The open space would be outfitted with trails, and an existing pond and wetlands areas would be left intact, according to the plans.

Of the 209 acres in two parcels, the developer, Saratoga East Avenue Associates, plans to develop 149 acres.

The remaining 60-acre lot would be undeveloped for at least four years, the plans say, because it lies on the other side of railroad tracks and is difficult to access.

The plans call for two entrances to the main parcels from Geyser Road and one from Quevic Drive.

The proposal initially called for 90 homes but the Planning Board said it preferred 85 houses, so the developer is planning for that number, Hakes said.

Opponents of the plan include Geyser Crest residents. The adjacent 850-home development would be affected by new houses in the area, said Mary Beth Delarm, who lives on Quevic Drive and has led a drive to oppose Beaver Pond.

She has fought the development since it was first proposed four years ago and plans to submit a 200-page public comment to the Planning Board with her opposition.

Delarm says the area’s high water table and current runoff problems will get worse if more homes are built.

She said Tuesday that she and other opponents will reveal new environmental insights about the property.

“Controlled growth is one thing. But this is mismanagement of state and federal lands and it’s going to have an adverse environmental impact on the current residents and to those proposed homes and properties which surround this extremely high groundwater area,” Delarm said.

She also opposes the developer’s move to subdivide the eastern parcel on the other side of the railroad tracks, since future plans for that parcel won’t be considered as part of the whole.

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