CLIFTON PARK — After more than a year of feedback and revisions, the Clifton Park Planning Board gave preliminary approval this week to a project that will see 79 homes built off Miller Road.
Developer Vincent Riggi, who first proposed the project in July of 2017, plans to build the single-family homes on the east side of Miller Road, just south of Route 146, on three separate parcels.
The homes would be built on three different lot sizes: carriage lots with a minimum size of 10,000 square feet of land; executive lots with no less than 16,000 square feet of land; and estate lots that will encompass at least 20,000 square feet of land.
The parcel is vacant and comprises approximately 72.6 acres of buildable area. The entire project space is 106.44 acres.
The development also calls for a trail and a community park. Water in the development will be provided by the Clifton Park Water Authority and will have a connection to the Saratoga County Sewer District.
The planning board unanimously decided Tuesday to grant initial approval of the project. Final approval is contingent on project designers determining whether a sidewalk can be built on the northern portion of the parcel, in an area where the homes are clustered together and the street is narrow.
Some sort of sidewalk, board members said, would be preferable to having people walk on the road in that area of the neighborhood.
Any sidewalk must be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and Clifton Park Planning Director John Scavo said reaching that goal could require planning board members and project engineers working together to find a solution.
Town residents who live on Miller Road close to the proposed development initially expressed concerns about a number of aspects in the project, including the density and size, and the amount of traffic it could add to the already congested Route 146.
They were also afraid the development would become a cut-through to Clifton Park by drivers attempting to avoid Route 146 traffic.
Planning board members were skeptical drivers would cut through the development, but project engineers added a number of stop signs to the final plan in response to those concerns and to control traffic flow within the neighborhood.
Board members have also pointed out that the state Department of Transportation is conducting a traffic study to determine what improvements could be made to lessen traffic at the busy Route 146 intersection, which they said would probably alleviate some traffic concerns.