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Pound Ridge Cluster Subdivision Plan Hits Snag

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Plans for a proposed conservation/cluster subdivision at Rolling Meadow Lane and High Ridge Road have hit a snag because the planning board and property owners don’t see eye to eye on the way two lots designed for the open space parcels will be handled.

The plan, proposed by Oceanus Navigation Corp., which is owned by C.C. Hsu of Taiwan, calls for subdividing 105.68 acres into 12 residential lots, two open space parcels, and one storm water parcel. Oceanus is seeking preliminary approval for the plan, but after last week’s snag it was granted a 30-day extension on the application in hopes that differences could be worked out.

“The planning board would like the public to be able to access the open space parcels,” said Karen Taft, planning board administrator. “But [Oceanus Navigation] is concerned about liability issues. They want to make it private property.”

Oceanus originally rejected the idea of having a third party manage the open space parcels, but Taft said the company is now open to the idea.

“They would be willing to discuss it,” she said. “The thing is, how do you word [the agreement]? It’s a restricted covenant versus a conservation easement.”

Taft said the one thing both sides do agree on is that the two open space parcels will remain undeveloped. Oceanus, she said, will continue to seek a third party, such as the Pound Ridge Land Conservatory, to manage the parcels in hopes of gaining the board’s preliminary approval. After that, it must obtain final approval, a process Taft said was “not as drawn out.”

The plan, which first came before the planning board in June 2010, will be back on the agenda for the board’s March 22 meeting.

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