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The Planning Board gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the Barone Development Corp. to build the second phase of its Laurelton Park housing subdivision, north of Grauer Road and east of phase one of the subdivision.

The approval came after about a half dozen residents voiced opposition to the project because of drainage problems in their neighborhood.

The approval requires the developer to comply with regulations of the Niagara County Health Department and to pay a recreation fee to the town. The amount of the fee has yet to be determined.

Prior to the Planning Board's vote of approval, some residents asked the board members to turn down the planned second phase of the subdivision.

"It appears to me that all the ducks are not in order. It also appears to me that the town is about to take a step in the wrong direction," said Michael DeFelice of Grauer Road. He said the board should implement a townwide drainage plan before making decisions on any more housing developments.

DeFelice said the developer will be shifting water to other locations in the town. "When you solve my problem, you will create a problem downstream."

"What we're ending up with is doing piecemeal planning for the town," said Mary Ann L. Casamento of Grauer Road. She said the sanitary sewers in her area have been overburdened.

"I've gone through five or six sump pumps," said Robert J. Wegrzyn of Grauer Road. He said his yard accumulates up to 18 inches of water after a heavy rain.

Town Engineer Frank DiMaseio said the developer's latest plan addresses the residents' concerns. "There will be less runoff generated to people's back yards than presently exists."

"You have that problem now without Laurelton Park being in there," said James W. Hescox Jr., a member of the Planning Board.

In addition, Town Supervisor James A. Sacco said he received county Health Department's approval Tuesday for water and sewer plans for the first phase of the Laurelton Park project.

The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the second phase of the subdivision before making the final decision.

The entire Laurelton Park project will consist of about 144 houses on 60 acres. Phase 2 involves lots for 15 single-family houses.

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