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Not all projects gain board approval in Town of Lewiston

LEWISTON – Preliminary plans for a 27-lot subdivision off River Road were unanimously approved Monday by the Town Board, as was a final site plan for H2Gro, which plans to grow medical marijuana in its indoor greenhouse on Pletcher Road.

But a topsoil business operating for a number of years at 1815 Ridge Road was called illegal by Councilman William Conrad. He said that 1815 Ridge Road LLC has been operating without proper approvals and zoning and that he wants them out.

Conrad, who was a member of the Zoning Board before he joined the Town Board, said the business was denied a use variance and given six months to clear out the topsoil and cease operations – and that was at least three years ago.

He said the owner set up shop without permission and is still operating, with more topsoil going in and out, despite the cease order.

Conrad said the owner is now asking for the property to be rezoned to business in a rural residential area. “Every side is rural residential. … I’m not a fan of spot zoning, and this is what this would be,” Conrad said. “We had complaints from the neighbors across the street because of the trucking.”

Conrad requested that the board deny the rezoning request, but after discussion and advice from the town attorney, the request was sent to the Planning Board for a recommendation.

The board gave preliminary approval of plans for the Wolfgang subdivision off River Road.

The subdivision is on 14.4 acres owned by Jerald I. Wolfgang. The subdivision is behind Wolfgang’s own home and southwest of the Riverwalk subdivision.

If the plans get final approval, the 27-lot subdivision would be built in two phases over three to five years, with eight homes built in the first phase and the remaining homes in the second phase. The single-family homes would be built on 75-by-150-foot lots and be about 2,400 square feet.

Kristin L. Savard, owner and president of Advance Design Group, presented the plan and said the cost of these upscale homes would likely be about $300,000.