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Hamburg Planning Board schedules a pair of public hearings

The Hamburg Planning Board set dates for a couple of public hearings on proposed subdivision within the town at the board’s meeting Wednesday, June 5.

On June 19, the board’s next meeting, a public hearing is set to solicit comments on a proposed three-lot subdivision to be located along Bayview Road near the intersection of Bayview and Big Tree Roads. These lots are all for single-family homes which would face Bayview Road.

The board had raised concerns about possible traffic safety issues, due to the proximity of the subdivision to the major intersection at Bayview and Big Tree. However, a traffic safety report found that only three car accidents have occurred at that intersection within the last three years. Each of them caused no injuries and only caused property damage, mostly to utility poles.

The board and subdivision developer is still interested in looking at ways to prevent against traffic risks, including U or T-shaped driveways for the homes. “A lot of times, you’re dealing with the perception of neighbors,” said board member Sasha Yerkovich. “If I told them that there’s only been three accidents in three years, they wouldn’t believe it.”

Another public hearing was set for the board’s meeting on July 10 to discuss the proposed Willow Woods subdivision on Taylor Road, a 142-acre parcel that would contain 49 half-acre lots. Since the board last discussed this subdivision at a prior meeting, four monitoring wells were installed on the property.

They’ll be used to monitor groundwater quality; recent ground tests found slightly higher-than-average levels of chemicals near an area on the parcel that contains a landfill.

The board told the developer’s representative that they would like an agreement that the homeowner’s association that will be responsible for monitoring the water that accumulates in the wells.


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