Royal Anchorage Estates subdivision is a 23-lot subdivision with 22 building lots approved by the Adirondack Park Agency in 1982 (APA Permit 82-1 & 82-1A). The project has 10 lakefront lots and 12 lots off the lake. Lots were to be serviced by a centralized sewage collection system and treatment plant that was approved in 2007. The original permit conditions limited the size of buildings to 1500 square feet (excluding garages). The Association has submitted a request to amend the conditions of the permit to increase the size of buildings to 2250 square feet.
ROYAL ANCHORAGE ESTATES
Last Updated On:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Waterkeeper has concerns about the proposed application including: the numerous site constraints present that limit the ability to mitigate impacts from development including limited soils, steep slopes, vegetation; compromising stormwater management and creating the need for variances from the stormwater regulations; significant impacts the Royal Anchorage Estates had on Lake George from increased runoff, erosion and sedimentation from the sewage collection system construction, wastewater treatment site, individual site development and road drainage system and the increased clearing allowed on the property. All of these have resulted in an undue adverse impact to the Park.
See Lake George Waterkeeper letter to the Adirondack Park Agency, March 2011.
The Adirondack Park Agency determined the application was complete and issued a Notice for Public Comment. The comment period ends March 3, 2011.
TOWN OF PUTNAM SEWER DISTRICT #1 - ROYAL ANCHORAGE SUBDIVISION
Royal Anchorage subdivision is a 23-lot subdivision with 21 building lots approved by the Adirondack Park Agency in 1982 (APA Permit 82-1 & 82-1A). The subdivision will be serviced by a centralized community sewage treatment system and the Town of Putnam formed Sewer District No. 1. Each lot will contain a grinder pump with a connection to a low pressure sewer collection system. The treatment plant and collection system were approved by the Adirondack Park Agency in 2007 (APA Permit 2003-32). The status of the project was discussed at the May 2009 Town of Putnam Town Board meeting and the final testing was performed and the final sign-off was pending the installation of electrical gear. At the July 8, 2009 Town of Putnam Planning Board meeting, the Planning Board passed a resolution to the Town Board expressing concern of the state of stabilization at the site and potential of erosion and sedimentation present. Supervisor LaPointe stated the Town has done all it could to hold the contractor accountable for the state of the site, informed them of punch list items and has withheld $15,000.
The Waterkeeper submitted comment letters to the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the classification of the wastewater treatment system, design of the system, applicable standards, construction disturbance disturbance impacts and erosion control.
The Waterkeeper performed a site visit in early July and expressed concern at the July 9, 2009 Town of Putnam Town Board and suggested holding a meeting to work towards resolution of the existing erosive conditions at the site.
On August 8, 2008, the Waterkeeper documented significant violations with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and notified the NYSDEC and APA. See the August 2008 letter.
The project status was discussed at the September 11, 2008 Town Board meeting were Supervisor John LaPointe referred to a meeting scheduled with the NYSDEC. The NYSDEC has issued a Notice of Violation to the Town of Putnam and Bombard Construction regarding the failure to comply with the SWPPP. At the July 9, 2009 Town of Putnam Town Board meeting, Supervisor LaPointe was very disturbed at comments raised regarding the project and current state and refused a meeting requested by the Waterkeeper. A subsequent contact of the Town Attorney by the Waterkeeper tentatively scheduled a meeting at the site.