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Neighbors express concerns about proposed Loveless Farm development in Skaneateles

Planning board seeks more public input on environmental impact

A map showing the lot placements and phases of construction for the proposed 18-house Loveless Farm subdivision on West Lake Road in Skaneateles.

A map showing the lot placements and phases of construction for the proposed 18-house Loveless Farm subdivision on West Lake Road in Skaneateles.

After three years of meetings and plan revisions, the Skaneateles Planning Board is preparing to make its first major ruling on the a proposed major subdivision.

A 46-acre property on West Lake Road, owned by Skaneateles resident Tim Green, is the proposed site of an 18-house subdivision called Loveless Farm. The board is preparing to make its determination this summer on the potential environmental impact of the project.

But first, the board wants to hear the opinions of the public on the development — specifically its State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) Environmental Assessment Form, of which it will have to make a negative or positive declaration.

The developer EDR Companies was required to fill out the assessment form since the planning board deemed the project a type two SEQR review, a designation for subdivisions and large development projects.

Per town code, the planning board can only hold a public hearing after they rule on the SEQR.

So instead, the planning board has asked that the public submit written comments on the development and specifically, the SEQR, before July 12. The town has already received some letters, including some from neighbors to the proposed development who oppose the project, though they will take any and all comments into consideration before moving on the SEQR.

The board will also hold a special meeting on July 30 just for discussion of the Loveless Farm SEQR. The public are welcome to attend any planning board meetings, though they are not allowed to speak unless the meeting includes a public hearing.

If the board makes a negative declaration of the SEQR (stating that the project will not have a negative effect on the environment and community), then the developers will be able to move forward with the other approvals required for the project to become a reality.

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