Biernacki subdivision clears first hurdle

New Scotland planners give preliminary approval for 12-lot project

— A 12-lot subdivision in New Scotland saw considerably less public protest in its second public hearing before the town’s Planning Board, leading the board to move the project forward in the planning process.

Last month’s New Scotland Planning Board meeting overflowed into the hallway when residents protested a residential subdivision that would split up a 31.4-acre parcel to make way for 12 homes. Planning Board Chairman Charles Voss decided to keep the public hearing open until the Tuesday, June 4, meeting, but at that meeting concerns about drainage appeared to have been assuaged given the smaller turnout and fewer outspoken opponents.

Parcel owner MJ Biernacki Builders, LLC, received unanimous preliminary plat subdivision approval from the Planning Board Tuesday. The board is scheduled to review the project for final approval at its Tuesday, July 2, meeting.

“We left it open because we wanted to provide an opportunity for those who had questions to be able to review the materials,” board member Jo Ann Davies said.

Davies led the meeting and said chairman Voss was unable to attend the meeting. Alternate board member Thomas Hart sat in, as well.

Expanded notification of the second public hearing was given to homeowners outside of the initial 500 feet radius required by law. Town Building Inspector Jeremy Cramer said notification was extended along Route 85A to just before Voorheesville High School.

The proposal consists of two lots to the south of Route 85A, with the remaining 10 to the north of the road. Seven lots would face Picard Road and the remaining five would face New Salem Road. There is also a small parcel of land Mike Biernacki is negotiating with town officials to acquire, which would be added onto lots 2 and 3.

The majority of development would be within an inactive cornfield and the project was scaled down from 15 to the present 12 lots.

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