WHEATFIELD -- Drainage was the predominant issue as residents met with town officials and developers Monday for another round of discussions on the proposed Shawnee Meadows subdivision.
Town Engineer Timothy Walck said a "watershed study" of the 80-lot development found that no more water would run off the site after construction than before. Most of the lots would run off into the three on-site retention lakes, drainage piping, ditches and to nearby wetlands, he said.
Still, most of 25 residents who spoke at the public hearing said when combined with other development in the area, Shawnee Meadows would cause overflow. They said other problems such as traffic congestion and the continual depletion of rural space in Wheatfield would worsen as a result.
According to town officials, area roads can handle the increased traffic from the development and safe pedestrian traffic is a townwide issue that the Town Board will deal with as town roads are repaved.
Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said because there are very few sidewalks in town, 4-foot shoulders might have to be added to roadways when repaving is done.
The board called the hearing to review the draft version of the environmental impact study on the project that has been on the drawing board for nearly three years. Proposed by developer Robert Weaver, Shawnee Meadows has been the subject of numerous meetings and reviews since it was first brought to the planning board.
Walck said comments on the two-volume study may be submitted in Town Hall until Oct. 10. The board will review the comments and send a list to the developers who would then have to submit a final study.
He said the board would then issue its findings on the final study, probably not before the end of November. If the board found that the study "addressed the environmental concerns within reason," the plan would proceed and the decision to break ground would be made next spring, he said.