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Easton Wraps Up Saddle Ridge Hearings

Chuck Siebold of Easton asked the Conservation Commission on Monday to not approve the Saddle Ridge Developers' proposal because the future condominium owners and occupants could breech the septic systems.

"It's a project that's dangerous. The safest position is to kill it," said Siebold.

The Conservation Commission closed the Saddle Ridge Developers' public hearing Monday night and will begin its deliberations Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

Steve Edwards, a member of the commission, said the developers have "side stepped" the issue of nitrogen on the property by not having the Department of Environmental Protection review the site. If the site produces less than 5,000 gallons of waste per day then the Department of Public Health is to review the project. Since there are fewer gallons per lot, the DEP does not have jurisdiction, according to Matthew Ranelli, who is representing the developers.

The total amount of nitrogen will be less than the horse manure currently produced on the property, said Ranelli.

Members of the commission asked Ranelli why the development proposes nine condo associations instead of one association with one authoritative manager. Ranelli said there would be faults with any ownership scenario.

"The 'we' doesn't materialize down the line," said Edwards. "The management system here is fraught with discontinuity."

Ranelli asked the commission to consider only the area within the 100-foot upland review area and actions affecting the wetland or watercourse when making its decision. He said there is less disturbance within 100 feet of the wetlands than in the previous application.

The Conservation Commission has 65 days to make a decision. The Planning & Zoning Commission is waiting for a recommendation from the Conservation Commission to make its decision.

What do you think about the Saddle Ridge Developers' proposed 99 units on nine lots? Leave your comments below.

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