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Proposed Catskill subdivision gets public hearing

Aug 24, 2023 12:47 pm

Nancy Kern reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Town of Catskill Planning Board holds a public hearing about a proposed subdivision with 25 housing units on 140 acres at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Catskill Town Hall. Town Planning Board Chairw Teresa Golden said she doesn’t know if developer Vita Foras wants to market the subdivision dwellings as investment properties to be utilized as short-term rentals. Golden said, “From a planning board perspective that’s something we don’t focus on.... We only see if the development complies with requirements from a planning board perspective. That’s a beautiful piece of property. It’s got a gorgeous waterfall. One of our major concerns is to ensure that the wetlands are protected, and the land is being used appropriately so as not to impact the flora and fauna.” So far, the planning board is blocking developers from using herbicides on the property. Now the board is waiting for public input on the subdivision with an entrance from Bogart Road and a second egress on Penny Lane. Golden said, “We never know if there will be controversy at the public hearing.... The beauty of the public hearings is we hear from the neighbors who live in the neighborhood, I welcome the input from neighbors.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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