More press in the Daily Freeman, Kingston NY:
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Woodstock considers involvement in Terramor glamping project in Saugerties
By William J. Kemble | firstname.lastname@example.org |
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. – Town Board members are contemplating whether to request “interested party” status in the Terramor Catskills/KOA application in Saugerties for a 75-site glamping campground along the town line with Woodstock.
Councilman Bennett Ratcliff said during a meeting last week that the project would impact wetlands that cover both sides of the municipal line.
“The town should join the (state environmental quality review) process as the Woodstock Environmental Commission has recommended,” he said. “The town of Woodstock will have wetlands that will be destroyed.”
The project is proposed to cover 77.15 acres off of state Route 212. Among the features of the project would be a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and events center, a 28-person staff dormitory, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a community fire pit, a wellness center, a maintenance building and a dog park.
State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines say that an “involved agency” has “jurisdiction by law to fund, approve or directly undertake an action” while an “interested agency.”
Supervisor Bill McKenna noted that the town is already listed as an “interested agency” and there could be further discussions with officials in Saugerties to emphasize the importance of protecting property in Woodstock.
“One of the things that I think we should really stress to the Saugerties Planning Board is even though they have their own law, they are right on our border and our zoning requirements and setbacks are quite different,” he said. “I feel quite strongly … that they should respect our law as well (and) really take it into consideration, particularly along that boundary line.”
Opponents of the project have formed the group Citizens Against Terramor and voiced concern that the Saugerties Planning Board has not taken Woodstock’s concerns seriously. Among the issues of concern for the group is a statement in the board’s July minutes that there is “too insignificant of a change in traffic impact” to require any change in the plan.
Officials wrote that “on average the proposed use would generate 17 (morning) trips and 22 (afternoon/evening) trips,” adding that there is a 100-trip threshold for requiring a traffic study.
Councilwoman Laura Ricci expressed confidence that the Saugerties board could incorporate Woodstock’s concerns into the application review process.
“I believe that they’ve been very thorough,” she said. “They had one page with three columns of all the interested agencies … and they’re not trying to skirt any processes. They are trying to cast a wide net with people that would like to be interested or involved agencies.”
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One Reply to “Daily Freeman: Woodstock considers involvement in Terramor glamping project in Saugerties”
I own a home that will join two sides of the aforementioned project. I met with a few of the representatives on my property and asked about their wastewater and sewage and I was told that they will be treating their wastewater instead of having any kind of septic holding tanks and when I asked where that treated wastewater will go it was told to me that it will run into the wetlands. I asked the person from Terramore about the loss of the wetlands due to their entry road coming in and said where is it all supposed to run into and we both stood there and looked at my little pond in my backyard and I looked at him and said that’s where it’s going to run into,, after that it goes into two big culvert pipes that head towards the Red Onion restaurant. There are other details that I would like to share about this company but I would much rather speak to someone about the rest of my dealings with this so said such wonderful camping ground and project. I am totally opposed to this project due to the fact that it is going to be quite large with I believe 75 tents (which are really not tents) plus all the other facilities, this property should not be turned into some sort of resort land. If there were 15 or 20 houses up there I would have no problem with that.
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