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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 18, 2008

Amedore planning 40-lot country club development

By Jo E. Prout

NEW SCOTLAND — Plans are progressing for both a cluster development and a senior housing project in town.

The planning board recently sent Amedore Homes’ subdivision application to the town board for review. Amedore is proposing a 40-lot residential cluster development on 48 acres of the 244-acre Colonie Golf and Country Club.

“From an engineering standpoint, the roadway meets town standards,” Keith Menia of Stantech, the town-designated engineering firm, said a recent planning board meeting. Menia said that the town will provide water to the subdivision via the village of Voorheesville, according to a water agreement between the town and the village.

The construction sequence will allow patrons and equipment access to the country club, he said.

Planning board Chairman Robert Stapf listed the following contingencies for the project: town acceptance of the stormwater management agreement; the establishment of a water district for public water; the establishment of a homeowners’ association; the creation of open space and buffer zones; State Environmental Quality Review, engineering, and town fees paid in full; and the dedication of the roadways accepted by the town.

The senior citizen hosuing is planned for 1882 New Scotland Road.

If Charles Carrow’s application for a special use permit for the project is acceptable by January, the planning board could schedule a public hearing for February.

The proposal is for 30 units on 6.91 acres, to be subdivided into 30 lots for residences and one lot for stormwater management.

“The governing body is the town of New Scotland,” Carrow said.

The plan does not call for the construction of sidewalks. The road system is designed for pedestrian use, Stapf said. He said that, if people want rural character, they should not put in sidewalks. Stapf, who is retired, said that he lives in a subdivision with a similar roadway, in which he walks.

“You can live in the city with all…sidewalks,” he said.

Other business

In other business at recent meetings, the planning board:

— Heard from planning board alternate Jo Ann Davies, who recommended that the town board set up a committee to look into possible wind power restrictions;

— Sent a request by Christopher and Joanna Bautista Ruddle for an area variance to the zoning board of appeals without a recommendation. The Ruddles want to split a 7.1-acre parcel in the multiple-density residential district on Krumkill Road into two parcels, with one containing 5.8 acres. The second lot, at 1.25 acres, would fall 14 feet short of the required lot width.

Christopher Ruddle said that he has a 13-acre parcel behind the seven acres, and that he wants a 50-foot access to the rear parcel to keep it from being land-locked.

The planning board also sent a second request by Ruddle for an area variance for property in the two-acre minimum residential district on Krumkill Road to the zoning board.

Ruddle requested relief of 20 feet from the 50-foot front setback standard so that he can create a lot with an existing structure within 30 feet of the property line;

 — Sent a favorable recommendation to the zoning board to extend 15 feet of relief from the 30-foot setback requirement in the residential hamlet district on North Road. The area variance will allow for an addition to the house within 15 feet of the front property line; and

— Sent a request for an area variance by Peter Pizzurro to the zoning board. Pizzurro requested 19 feet of relief from the 30-foot setback requirement in the commercial hamlet district on New Scotland Road to replace an existing porch, placing it within 11 feet of the property line.

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