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DEVELOPER WILL BUILD FEWER HOUSES

Under pressure from Lancaster residents who oppose virtually all residential construction plans in the town, Windsor Ridge developers will continue building homes in the subdivision -- just not as many.

Windsor Ridge Partners recently withdrew a rezoning request that would have permitted them to build 300 smaller, cheaper homes on their remaining lots.

Instead, they opted to return to the original plan of larger, more expensive units to complete the multiphase development.

"Too many people are uncomfortable with how smaller lots may impact property values and alter the character of the neighborhood," said Elliot Lasky of Windsor Ridge Partners.

"Our main concern is protecting the property values of people we've built for, who've moved in with certain expectations and want them protected."

The original, multiphase concept plan for Windsor Ridge was done in 1988 and updated in 1993, Lasky said. It incorporates development for the north and south sides of Slate Bottom Creek. The north side, commonly called Windsor Ridge North, is an existing 150-home subdivision located east of Lake Avenue and south of William Street.

In July, however, Windsor Ridge Partners requested the rezoning of two south-side parcels located off Hall Road to make way for smaller lots, specifically to build 210 two-family dwellings and about 80 patio homes.

Earlier this month, Lancaster residents packed a two-hour public hearing to oppose the rezoning. That compelled Windsor Ridge Partners to rethink the idea.

"We have listened to the concerns of the residents within the subdivision, and we will build the future phases in conjunction with the same lot sizes and theme, as opposed to going with smaller and cheaper lots with minor modifications, because we've picked up several parcels," Lasky said.

The decision is the latest in months of heated debates among town officials, residents and developers over whether to limit residential development and how to do it. The Town Board recently approved a six-month moratorium on residential development, effective immediately.

Under the new law, no application for residential subdivisions may be filed, accepted or approved for the next six months.

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