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Friday, June 25, 2010

Project Summary

The applicant proposes to replace the existing one story camp with a two story house at 4042 Beach Lane (11.20-2-11).  The proposal is to utilize the same size footprint and add a second story.  The applicant owns two adjacent small parcels with a total width of 125'.  The existing on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) consists of a septic tanks and laterals.  The original sketch plan submission was going to be changed from placing the house on the existing footprint.  The applicant resubmitted a plan for the November 2009 Planning Board meeting.  The proposed residence was relocated to the south east portion of the property accessed by an existing dirt drive.  A new on-site wastewater treatment system was proposed with an Eljen absorption field.  The proposed OWTS would only provide a 50' separation to the proposed on-site well and 75' to the neighboring properties' wells.  November 2009 Planning Board meeting - The Planning Board discussed concerns regarding the separation between wells (on site and neighboring) to the proposed septic system.  The Planning Board stated they were in favor of the redevelopment of the site but issues on the OWTS needed to be resolved with Department of Health regulations.  MAY 2010 - The applicant reappeared in front of the Planning Board with a similar plan that was presented in November.  It was stated the separation to proposed well was maximized and the well would be protected with casing to bedrock.  It was stated that it was the best that could be done on the pre-existing, non-conforming lot.      

Waterkeeper Perspective

The Waterkeeper concerns included:  the lack of stormwater management for the house, information regarding the proposed OWTS and extent of grading and disturbance for the site.  The Lake George Waterkeeper reviewed the November 2009 submission and expressed concerns about the reduced setback to wells on the property and for the neighbors and proper separation to the seasonal high groundwater.  The Lake George Waterkeeper recommended enhanced treatment units for improved wastewater treatment.  The Waterkeeper provided information to the applicant regarding the proposed enhanced systems at the November 2009 Planning Board meeting.  For the June 2010, the Waterkeeper expressed similar concerns regarding the on-site wastewater treatment system as well as the need for stormwater management for the site development to reduce downstream runoff problems experienced on Link Way.

Waterkeeper Comments

Please refer to the Lake George Waterkeeper comment letter to the Town of Putnam Planning Board November 2009 and June 2010.

Next Meeting

The Town of Putnam Planning Board suggested the applicant finalize the sketch plan and return with additional information on the proposed house location, off-street parking and OWTS.  At the November 11, 2009 meeting, the Town of Putnam Planning Board tabled the application requesting the applicant to obtain a waiver from the Department of Health on separation requirements between wells and OWTS and to review the installation of enhanced treatment systems.  MAY 2010 -  The Planning Board reviewed the application and stated the applicant “Did the best he could” to provide the separation and protection of the proposed well.  The Board recommended the applicant request a waiver from Section 8.030 regarding separation requirements for wells and this was granted.  The Board asked about stormwater and felt a plan would be required.  The Planning Board scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Related Town

Waterkeeper Comments Document

Project Address

4042 Beach Lane
Putnam, NY 12861