Residents of the Village of Warwick should be aware of a planned large cluster housing sub-division to be located off of Woodside Dr., Locust St. and Sleepy Valley roads.
The first phase of the proposed sub-division will have 40 homes on 28 acres, each on a 10,000 sq. ft. parcel. There are plans for additional phases encompassing nearly 100 acres that will continue into the Town of Warwick.
There are numerous concerns with this planned development which include the development’s size, location, potential environmental effects, traffic, visual impact, storm water runoff, sewer capacity, the condition of existing wells and the current un-developed character that helps to preserve the Village. The undeveloped property is currently home to a natural spring, a bat habitat, an active stream, wet land and a variety of wildlife, trees and vegetation, all which would be negatively impacted by extensive land clearing.
Those familiar with this area are aware of the significant building that has occurred over the past decade in less than one mile of this planned development. This includes Liberty Green and Chelsea Gardens. In addition, there are two day-care centers, an assisted living facility, a nursing home and a hospital also within less than a mile of the planned development.
It is important that residents educate themselves on the plans for this development, attend the Village Planning Board meetings and let the Village Planning Board and local politicians know that we want measures in place that will adequately limit development and protect the land and the environment in Warwick. Warwick must continue to be the consciencious and proactive community it has been when it comes to open space preservation, tree ordinances and land clearing requirements.
LUGENE & RAYMOND MAHER