What is your View of Warwick?
Posted in the Warwick Forum
All residents of this community should be informed of a new proposed view of Warwick, Warwick Views LLC. Warwick Views is a subdivision of 53 homes off of Blooms Corner’s Road and is situated in the precious wetlands of the Walkill River Basin whose streams flow out to both the Quaker and Pochuck Creeks. The proposed plan for Warwick Views also includes building an access road that skirts the wetlands to reach a majority of the homes in the sub division.
Warwick Views “will alter the existing agricultural and forested landscape of the site and change the visual character from rural to suburban”*. This initiative also includes “approximately 17.91 acres of important farmland soils that will be converted to residential uses including the permanent loss of Prime Farmland Soils and Soils of Statewide Importance”*. Do the town residents of Warwick want to witness the suburbanization and degradation of our valuable farmland and wetlands?
Warwick Views includes building a community septic that will be the first of its kind in Warwick. The Environmental Impact Study, EIS, does not provide any detailed information about this proposed implementation nor does it include what the increased town resource expenditures would be required to manage and maintain this facility. The Environment Impact Statement, EIS, November 18, 2009 also states that “a negative fiscal impact to the Warwick School District is expected to be $-101,517”. In these tough economic times, are we in a position to compromise our school budget further based on the reductions we are already seeing at the state level?
Warwick Views is dependent on another approved development (Luft Farm- Newport Bridge Road) that currently has no funding. Access roads to Warwick Views will originate from Blooms Corners Road and Newport Bridge Road. This means that an infrastructure to support 53 homes would be built but only 18 homes would be allowed if the access road from the Luft Farm development never materializes. This situation is reminiscent of the Pelton Crossing subdivision at the corner of West Street and Route 1 whose bare roads are glaringly visible to all residents (and visitors) of Warwick. Does Warwick really need another poorly thought through eyesore and economic fiasco? What is the increased tax burden for the development and maintenance of these new roads - particularly the road that skirts the wetlands and subsequently cannot be built on? Shouldn’t we be attempting to sell more homes on existing developments where an investment has already made to build infrastructure versus just approving and building out more infrastructure?
Our elected officials and town planning board members are on a fast track to growth – but at what cost? Public comment on the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the Warwick Views sub-division is open until February 17th. If the views of Warwick are important to you – please have a voice in this process by submitting written public comment NOW and via your vote at local election time. For more information on the plans for Warwick Views go to: http://www.townofwarwick.org
We love Warwick, and we want to see it grow, but if a new development that is nearing approval on Bloom's Corners road will bring suburban growth without any economic benefit to anyone except those who own the land--help us stop it.
*Notice of Completion of Draft EIS and Notice of Public Hearings on Draft EIS and Preliminary Subdivision Application, November 18, 2009
Wendy Schlesinger and Mathieu Prevost
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I love Warwick. I moved here 5 years ago specifically because of the rural nature of this community as have so many others. Yes - we want to help our community SUSTAIN itself, but building more homes is not the answer. We can't even sell the homes that already exist. This looks like another venture to support a few rather than truly support our community. Is there a way to purchase this land and make it productive farm land? If the town needs more tax revenue perhaps we need to re-evaluate the tax status of productive farm land that could help the community without hurting our farmers. There is a lot of open space but it is unproductive. I am in favor of seeing more farm land that grows organic fruits and vegetables (organic because it won't harmfully affect our ground water). Food and water are the two most important resources a community needs to be self-sustaining. Our elected officials and the town planning board members need to take a huge step back and re-think what is best for our community.
If you are concerned about over-development in Warwick, NY, please do the following:
1.Read more about the Warwick Views plans at http://www.warwickviews.com
2.Review the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Study) and submit written comment to the Town Planning Board no later than March 17th, 2010.
3.Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper, tell your neighbors and friends about these plans and let your voice be heard at election time.
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