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New Housing Development in the Works

Planning Board Reviews Sketch Plan

By Jann Wiswall

Developer Philip Vogt and his engineer, Curt Wallace, presented sketch plans for a new 14-lot housing development off Poverty Hill Rd. during the Town of Ellicottville Planning Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 25.

The development is on 70-acres across Poverty Hill Rd. from the planned 42 Degrees North (42DN) resort community. The east side of the new development abuts the town’s conservation district.

A new private road, called Trail Heights Road, will run roughly straight through the middle of the site, with a cul-de-sac at the end. Driveways to each home will come off of Trail Heights Rd.

At town engineer Mark Alianello’s direction in advance of the planning board meeting, Vogt located the Trail Heights entrance off Poverty Hill directly across from the entrance to 42DN.

Twelve of the lots exceed 5 acres; two are 2+ acres – the minimum size in the “Low Density” zoning district. A private trail with appropriate easements is planned for use by community residents. The road and trail maintenance will be governed by a Homeowners Association.

It was noted that the community trail will run next to, but not as part of, a portion of the Finger Lakes Trail.

Vogt said he plans to build the entire road first. He expects to construct and sell one home at a time, although that is subject to change.

The board approved the sketch plan and classified the project a “major subdivision” as the first step in the process.

The application for a preliminary plat with information regarding drainage  and other engineering detail will be presented at the next planning board meeting.

Consideration of a special use permit and site plan review for the proposed Stillhouse Brewpub was tabled until next month, however, engineer Aaron Tiller (who was sitting in for Alianello) referred board members to a photometric (lighting) plan that was submitted at the board’s request. Tiller noted that the plan was flawed in several ways: it did not reflect the board’s previously requested changes to the property’s parking plan and it does not comply with the town’s lighting standards. A revised plan will be required.

The next meeting of the Town Planning Board is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the town/village hall.

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