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Corwallville residents group files Article 78 against Durham Town Board, Bosque Development

Dec 05, 2021 6:00 am

The Cornwallville Residents for Rural Preservation group, or CRRP, Sat., Dec. 4, announced that it had commenced an Article 78 proceeding against the Durham Town Board and Bosque Development, in an effort to overturn the town board's finding that Bosque's proposed housing development would have no significant adverse environmental impacts. The group said in a press release, it had filed the petition on November 24, in State Supreme Court. The Durham Town Board is currently considering Bosque's proposal to subdivide 95 acres of land that border Strong and Cornwallville roads. The project includes the construction of 12 high-end homes and a farming operation within the Cornwallville Historic District. The board, on October 27, issued a “negative declaration” under the state’s SEQRA law, and declined to require an Environmental Impact Statement from the developer, despite widespread community opposition to the project. "CRRP members have raised serious concerns about the proposed subdivision throughout the town’s review process, sending numerous letters to the town board, speaking at town board meetings, submitting a petition against the project signed by 271 residents, and providing expert opinion on the environmental impacts," according to the press release. CRRP is asking the court to void the town board's negative declaration and asked that a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement be prepared. The return date for the Article 78 Petition is January 14, in State Supreme Court in Greene County. A second public hearing on the project will be held on December 11, in the former Durham Elementary School. The public may also attend remotely via telephone at 1-503-300-6830 conference code 114503. CRRP members Karen Beckingham and Dan Clifton will discuss the Bosque Development proposal on WGXC Morning Show, at 9 a.m., Wed., Dec. 8.