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The Sun letter to the editor: Ask the planning board to reject proposed apartment complex

I bought my home in Hamburg 22 years ago, this month. I moved into the Roundtree Village because of the character of the neighborhood.

A neighborhood’s character is not something that can measured with a formula or chart, but is the reason my neighbors and I moved here and spent our hard-earned money to buy homes in Hamburg.

At the last meeting of the Hamburg Planning Board on Aug. 21, the traffic study involving the Sherwood Meadows apartment complex was presented.

The traffic study is full of formulas and charts and covers the vehicle movement from the proposed 128 apartments, plus the four townhouses that have already been built.

This amounts to 132 units times two vehicles per unit (almost everyone has two vehicles), or 264 vehicles using our neighborhood as the Sherwood Meadows driveway.

These 264 vehicles will make approximately 851 trips a day though our neighborhood, from my understanding of their traffic study. Think about it; each way is a trip. Go to work, then come home, go shopping, then come home, go out for entertainment, then come home, take the kids to their activities, then come home, etc.

Yes, the roads can handle the traffic without collapsing or complaining or feeling anything at all. That cannot be said of the human element, the residents of Roundtree Village, having to endure these approximately 851 trips per day, creating a noisy, fumed-filled and unsafe environment.

Nowhere in the traffic study does it say anything about the human element. That human element is what my neighbors and I believe the town’s comprehensive plan should address and why it exists.

I believe this apartment complex violates the intent of this comprehensive plan: to ensure the character Hamburg’s neighborhoods. This is the first time a apartment complex will use a residential neighborhood in such a manner in Hamburg. If you are thinking as you read this, “Well, it’s not our problem,” then think again.

The town’s planning board will ultimately be reviewing similar situations elsewhere in the town. So, if they have this project to point as an example of what is allowed, you might be seeing this first hand in your own neighborhood.

Residents of Hamburg, it’s time to exert some pressure on your town’s planning board to do the right thing for our community and reject this project. The developer can go back to their original 56 townhouse project.

Lawrence Backlas

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