COLONIE — A plan to build 40 new homes on 39.3 acres between Fonda and Crescent roads was introduced to the Planning Board at its last meeting.
The plan, by Cillis Builders, would incorporate four existing lots with existing homes and three lots would be used for storm water management. Two new roads would be constructed and turned over to the town upon completion.
The acreage is zoned Single Family Residential and the access point would be off Fonda Road and feature a large loop of homes with a cul de sac in the middle.
The Town Designated Engineer on the project, Joe Grasso, said the board should pay attention to buffers and vegetation around the site to screen the existing neighborhoods.
“It’s a new residential subdivision, a pretty significantly sized one, in a relatively developed area so the impacts on the neighbors is something the planning board should be aware,” he said.
As the project advances — with at least two more presentations before the Planning Board before construction can begin — Grasso said density calculations should be solidified and the existing wetlands should be delineated by either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Nick Costa, of Advance Engineering and Surveying, who presented the plan on behalf of Cillis, said that work cannot happen until spring.
There were concerns about having a single means of access, off Fonda Road, and during a review, the town Fire Services Division recommended either a second access point or mandate the new homes be equipped with a sprinkler system.
The proposal is a straight conventional subdivision with lots at least 18,000-square-foot with at least 80 feet of road frontage. The homes would be around 2,500 square feet.
The project is expected to generate 38 new vehicle trips on Fonda and Crescent roads during the peak morning rush hour 40 during the afternoon peak travel time.
Planning Board Chairman Steve Heider said while the traffic counts may seem slight, there is an Amazon distribution center proposed for the top of Fonda Road in the old Precision Valve Automation building to consider.
He also said prospective buyers should be made aware of the landfill, located within close proximity just north on Route 9.