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Pound Ridge Planning Board Faces Key Votes On Ridge 29 Housing

A screen shot shows sketches of proposed housing units for Ridge 29. Photo Credit: Screen shot/Ridge 29, LLC
A screen shot shows a proposed map of the Ridge 29 development. Photo Credit: Screen shot/Ridge 29, LLC

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- The Ridge 29 housing proposal is scheduled to be on the Pound Ridge Planning Board's agenda at its Thursday meeting, according to Karen Taft, who is the board's administrator.

Taft told Daily Voice that the board will decide on two items. The first is whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement will be required. If the board decides to require one, then it would vote on scheduling a scoping session, a forum for members of the public to suggest what to include in the statement.

The Planning Board is serving as lead agency for the 43-unit proposal, which means that it is overseeing the environmental review.

Under state law, once a scoping session is held, the applicant will return with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which is subject to review on behalf of the town. Once the DEIS is deemed to be ready for public comment, a hearing will be scheduled. Following the hearing, the project's applicant is tasked with prepared a revised document called a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

The FEIS is subject to town review and the lead agency has the option of holding a public hearing on it. Eventually, the lead agency would adopt the FEIS. It would then have to vote on whether to accept another document, which is called a findings statement. If it does so, the environmental review will be finished.

The Planning Board's meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the town house.

The project's developer, Ridge 29, LLC, is seeking to build on a site of roughly 29 acres near Pine Drive. Thirty-eight of the units would be attached homes while five would be detached.

A traffic study submitted shows that the project would add 29 trips during a weekday morning peak-traffic hour, which is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 34 trips during a weekday evening peak-traffic hour, which is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The traffic study is available here.

Another study submitted on the developer's behalf looks at school enrollment and fiscal impact on taxes. It projects that Ridge 29 will generate 17 school-age children.

The study projects that $547,993 in new property tax revenue would be generated. The majority of that amount, which is $449,306, would be for the Bedford Central School District. The town is projected to get $79,737, with the fire district receiving $11,319. The Pound Ridge Library's district is projected to receive $9,631. However, it also projects $439,650 in costs for all four taxing entities due to use of school and town, library and fire-protection services. As a result, the total net tax revenue increase is projected to be $108,344. The fiscal study is available here.

A full list of project documents is here.

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