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Wheatfield to set study terms for Cobblestone Creek subdivision

WHEATFIELD – The Town Board discussed a list of study demands Monday for the developer of the proposed Cobblestone Creek subdivision.

The “scoping document,” as it’s technically called, is being compiled after the board declared a month ago that the proposed development definitely would have an impact on the environment. That’s called a “positive declaration,” and it threw a wrench into the project.

The board may vote as soon as Jan. 5 on the terms of the study, with the town having the right to choose its own consultant and have the developer pay his work.

Andrew C. Reilly, a planner from the Wendel engineering firm retained by the town, will write the final document the board will consider.

Rosal Homes is proposing to build 39 patio homes and four full-size homes on 5 acres of land off Errick Road and Lemke Drive. There also will be 10.2 acres of open space. Part of the site is considered wetlands.

Reilly said he’s heard rumors that Rosal may change its plans. “I’m hoping that through the draft environmental impact statement, they’re coming up with a change,” he said. “I’ve not seen that new plan. We can only act on the plan before us.”

If there are no changes, Reilly said, they run the risk that the board “might decide the project isn’t approvable.”

The main focus of the study will be drainage, as residents in the area of Errick Road and Lemke Drive say they already are at risk for flooding and fear that the new subdivision would make things worse.

A retention pond is part of Rosal’s plan, but the Town Board may direct that Rosal consider moving the pond.

He said a public hearing will be held by the Town Board after Rosal submits a draft environmental impact statement.

Reilly promised to have a draft of the document completed in time to post it on the town website before the Jan. 5 meeting.