Durham Town Board issues negative declaration on Bosque subdivision
Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup the Durham Town Board last week issued a negative declaration on the Bosque subdivision State Environmental Quality Review, thereby determining the development will not have significant adverse environmental impact. The decision brings the developer closer to building a housing development in the hamlet of Cornwallville. Durham does not have a planning board so the town board serves in that capacity. Bosque Development, of Hudson, submitted its proposal to the town in November 2020, seeking to subdivide 95 acres that border Strong and Cornwallville roads. Bosque intends to build a housing development with 12 new high-end homes and a farming operation. According to a letter from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, “the proposed project will have no adverse Impact to historic and cultural resources. ...” Since the project was first proposed, public comment at meetings and in correspondence has been abundant and largely opposed to the development. Concerns from community members range from environmental and traffic impact to the effect the development will have on the historic character of the hamlet. At the next workshop meeting on November 2, the board is expected to go over standards for a preliminary subdivision review and site plan review. A public hearing is required before the board can approve or deny the project. That hearing has not yet been scheduled. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.