So this week , a developer who is hoping to build on approximately 225 acres of woods and fields including a 1000ft of wooded lakeshore, wants to meet with the local lake association, of which I am a board member.
The planning board in our township is all volunteer and seems to do a pretty good job. Mostly due to the direction of the chairperson who is a zoning attorney. ANyway, the developer now knows there is a PUD ordinance aimed for subdivisions and the word is this guy wants to go for low density high end homes.
THis parcel is part of a contigous undeveloped area, diverse in topography and plant communities. THe land in question was in a conservation reserve program for years, (area realtors have said for a hundred years) the farmer died, the family wants the inheritance liquidated.
SO I can accept this reality, but how much can we ask for?
>Complete protection of the wooded lakeshore, but allow for stair decks down to shore from house. With house set back waaay off shore. They'll still have a killer view.
>Stormwater design plans
>Address limits on pesticides and herbicide use
>What about increasing sewer charges for extra baths or water softeners. Hookupwould be mandatory to the local sewer system.(the lake is sewered with it pumped and settled out in series of lagoons. The effluent is sprayed on field crops. The sewer system is in the lakes watershed too, big problems with it now, facing a total rehab)
>Township resident access to existing footpaths - It could be the first leg of a footpath around the entire lake. THere is no perimeter road around this lake.
> OTher things I havent thought of? I feel embarrassed to admit this, but I have yet to pick up a copy of our local zoning ordinances or the new master plan either. I should have by now!
If the above suggestions were amenable to the developer how would one get that in writing? Covenants? home-owner association rules?