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Reasons why Planning Board should reject subdivision project

Posted 2/11/22

On Feb. 1 the Rome Planning Board met at City Hall to discuss a new subdivision. Due to COVID restrictions, the building was closed to the public. The people from Seaboard Solar Co. who want to build …

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Reasons why Planning Board should reject subdivision project

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On Feb. 1 the Rome Planning Board met at City Hall to discuss a new subdivision. Due to COVID restrictions, the building was closed to the public. The people from Seaboard Solar Co. who want to build the subdivision off of Turin Road were allowed to speak via phone. The residents who live near the proposed subdivision were told they had to write their thoughts in less than 750 words and submit them online.

Is that fair?

The subdivision is for 210 single-family homes. A study done by the Federal Highway Administration found that the average American household makes 9.5 vehicle trips per day. If you do the math, that is 1,995 vehicle trips per day in and out of this subdivision which will pass through the narrow streets of our neighborhood to Turin Road. This will destroy the peace and quiet of our neighborhood.

Turin Road is a busy thoroughfare. Does Turin Road need more traffic? What about school buses?

One hundred and four acres of trees will be cut down for this subdivision. What about all the animals that will lose their habitats?

Now this land is saturated with water. Those trees soak up a lot of water. Without them, there will be more water flowing into our neighborhood. Now, some of the homes in our neighborhood have water issues such as wet basements, yards and sink holes. This is caused by water flowing off the property that is proposed to be subdivided. The subdivision will increase the flow of water into our neighborhood.

We have been told that Seaboard Solar will be working on constructing the subdivision from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Also, the subdivision will be developed in phases over several years. The residents will have to listen to construction for seven years.

Do we really need to destroy an existing neighborhood to build 210 new family homes? Wood Haven is building 250 homes and Merrick Road is adding 50 additional homes. Nascintia Health is also building family homes on the Beeches property.

I am hopeful that the Planning Board will save our neighborhood by rejecting the proposed subdivision.

— Reggie Smith, Rome

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