CLIFTON PARK -- The town Planning Board unanimously approved a 79-home housing development on Miller Road at its Tuesday night meeting.
The board granted final approval to developer Vincent Riggi, after more than a year of review and negotiations. The project calls for 79 single-family homes on the east side of Miller Road, just south of Route 146, on three separate parcels.
The homes will be built on three different lot sizes: carriage lots with a minimum size of 10,000 square feet of land, executive lots no smaller than 16,000 square feet and estate lots that will encompass at least 20,000 square feet.
The development also calls for a trail and a community park.
The land is vacant and comprises approximately 72.6 acres of buildable space. The entire project space is 106.44 acres. Access points to the neighborhood are planned from Miller Road.
Water in the development will be provided by the Clifton Park Water Authority, and there will be a connection to the Saratoga County Sewer District.
The approval process for the Miller Road project has been lengthy, with board members often discussing the plans for hours during meetings.
Area neighbors have continuously objected to the project, voicing concerns about traffic impacts. Some Miller Road residents voiced concerns that the development would become a cut-through to Clifton Park by drivers attempting to avoid Route 146.
Planning Board members were that 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 within the neighborhood.
The project was granted preliminary Planning Board approval in August.
Final approval was contingent on project designers determining whether a sidewalk could be built on the northern portion of the property, in an area where the homes are clustered together and the street is narrow.
Some sort of sidewalk, board members said in August, would be preferable to having people walk on the road in that area of the neighborhood.
The sidewalk, Clifton Park Director of Planning John Scavo said on Wednesday, has been designed and integrated into the final design plans.