Although no formal plans will be created until the zoning issue is decided, LaBarge said they would incorporate green space into the project. Menard said there is a sandy beach on the Saranac River at the south end of the parcel.
LaBarge said the roads in the parcel would be winding rather than straight lines, to slow traffic and create a more family-friendly environment.
There is also a possible connection to Deer Run, which links to Military Turnpike, for additional access. That would likely require remediation of wetlands.
The Planning Board has to make a recommendation on the request to the Plattsburgh Town Council by Sept. 20.
Planning Board members Terry Besaw, Sandy Latourelle and Jeff Wagner agreed to serve on a committee to meet with the developers and help draft a recommendation report before the next Planning Board meeting, scheduled for Sept. 17.
The Town Council then has to decide whether it will hold a public hearing and later vote on the issue or take no action, which would end this stage of the rezoning process.
‘A REAL NEED’
The rezoning request also has to be referred to the Clinton County Planning Board. In addition, it requires a State Environmental Quality Review Act determination on environmental impact.
LaBarge said that, in a perfect world, the zoning change could be accomplished in time to start selling lots early next year. They envision subdivisions to allow for phased development of 20 to 25 lots at a time.
“We would like to see an upscale mobile-home community in the Plattsburgh area,” Menard said. “A lot of people are looking for mobile-home lots right now.
“There’s a real need for it.”
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