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Proposed site plan of Gestion Blueberry Lake subdivision

By Jennie Acklin

The agenda for the Town of Ellicottville Planning Board Meeting, held Monday evening October 22, 2012, included a presentation from Andy Gow of Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc., on behalf of 8232602 Canada Inc., and Gestion Blueberry Lake Inc. of  Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The pre-application conference and presentation was for a proposed subdivision at the 1,100 acre site of the former Poverty Hill ski area. The initial phase offering, as presented to the Planning Board, is for 144 acres and 24 lots – 21 of which are five acres each with private wells and septic systems – accessed by a private road off of Poverty Hill Road. The road has yet to be engineered, and may change from the above-shown drawing, as setbacks and a detailed topographic survey are incorporated.

Gestion Blueberry Lake is responsible for Blueberry Lake close to Mont Tremblant, Quebec.  Blueberry Lake consists of 50 freehold properties of between 2350 and 3250 square feet, all located on individual plots of at least one acre and set within nearly 300 acres of land.  The development features tennis courts, swimming pool, spa and an extensive network of hiking and biking trails.  Blueberry Lake attracts visitors year round from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, the US and around the world.  It was chosen as one of the Best Canadian Developments by Homes Overseas and has won numerous other awards such as the Grand Prix of tourism and has been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.  It is thought that a similar approach will be taken to the development at Poverty Hill although exact details have yet to be released.  The Canadian developers will have to provide a letter from the property owners, stating that they have permission to apply for a subdivision application.  The Planning Board gave the approval to proceed, if the developers wish to go forward with the project.

John and Anne Northrup were also on the planning board agenda, with pre-application conference questions about the construction site property recently vacated by their company, Northrup Construction.  General questions about allowable uses were asked by Northrup, in hopes of determining what potential tenants he may wish to pursue, without incurring any lengthy special use permit application processes.

The Horn Hill / Buffalo Ranch developers were on the agenda, but asked to be removed, as they were not ready to pursue a pre-application conference at this time.

Lastly, in a letter addressed to Carl Calarco re: Glen Burn Trail subdivision at East Washington Street, the planning board asked him to go back and revise the master plan.  Calarco is expected to make a new presentation to the board in November or December of this year in hopes of starting construction in the spring of 2013.

Rick and Glenda Jackson, owners of the Ilex Inn and neighbors of the Calarco property mentioned that a garage toward the back of the Glen Burn Trail subdivision “looks like a dump,” with trash piled high in the building. The board said they would contact Town Building Inspector Tom Abriatis immediately to have it cleaned up. (As of Wednesday Oct. 24, Tom Abriatis had inspected the property and talked with Carl Calarco about the problem.  The garage is scheduled for demolition on Monday, Oct. 29.)

The next Town Planning Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.

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