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No Bosque public hearing yet; SEQR first

Aug 06, 2021 5:45 am

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup the Durham Town Board indicated in July it would likely schedule a public hearing on the proposed Bosque Development in Cornwallville for the end of August. However, at its meeting on August 3, the board opted instead to hold a special meeting on August 31 for environmental assessment review. Durham does not have a planning board; the town board serves in that capacity. Bosque Development of Hudson first submitted its proposal to the town board in November 2020, seeking permission to subdivide 95 acres that border Strong and Cornwallville roads. The project includes the construction of 12 new high-end homes and a farming operation. To date, public sentiment has been largely against the development. The board received on July 29, a letter from the president of Greenplan, Inc., a community planning firm retained by Corwallville Residents for Rural Preservation. That letter outlined problematic procedural issues with the project and promised to articulate substantive issues that warrant a "hard look" under SEQR after the procedural issues have been corrected. “The Bosque Subdivision represents a project with the potential for causing significant adverse impacts on the town, neighborhood and historic district, sets a precedent for other projects that will follow,” according to the seven-page letter. “A full environmental review of the project is warranted if the town is to fulfill its vision spelled out in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan." The town board’s August 31 meeting at town hall will begin at 6 p.m. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.

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