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Pound Ridge Planning Board Weighs In On Ridge 29

The Pound Ridge Planning Board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A photo of a preliminary rendering for Ridge 29. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A photo of a proposed site plan for Ridge 29. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Getting their first chance to give feedback on the Ridge 29 housing proposal since receiving a referral from the Town Board for advisory input , members of the Pound Ridge Planning Board had questions about topics ranging from spacing to density.

The board members raised questions at their Sept. 25 meeting following a presentation from Anthony Sblendorio, a principal with applicant Ridge 29, LLC, along with other representatives.

The proposal calls for building 44 housing units on a roughly 29.1-acre parcel near Scotts Corners, along with 132 parking spaces. Twenty-two of those parking spaces, however, would be land-banked for future use.

A town consultant questioned having common green areas as the areas designated for the land-banking and asked whether they could be moved.

Board Chairman Clayton Fowler got into the early nature of the process.

“I don’t think anything needs to be taken as gospel here," he said.

Fowler also called the plan's solutions to site development “creative and forward looking.” However, he suggested that density “needs to be looked at.”

The proposal involves a constructed wetland method for septic treatment, which would need to be approved by the Westchester County Department of Health. Previous Daily Voice coverage of that aspect is available here.

Board member Steven Kushner noted that issues like community character haven't been dealt with.

Board member Michele Rudolph addressed a waiver being sought for a 100-foot buffer requirement so that the plan could have a 50-foot one. Sblendorio acknowledged that there could be compliance with 100 feet but added that it would mean shifting the project further down and hill and having more soil disturbance.

Kushner, addressing the buffer, brought up another option, which is that you lose units.”

The Planning Board will revisit the application at its October meeting, it was disclosed. The proposal needs a special permit from the Town Board and site plan approval from the Planning Board, it was previously noted.

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