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Neighbors express concerns about proposed Loveless Farm development in Skaneateles

Planning board seeks more public input on environmental impact

A map showing the lot placements and phases of construction for the proposed 18-house Loveless Farm subdivision on West Lake Road in Skaneateles.

A map showing the lot placements and phases of construction for the proposed 18-house Loveless Farm subdivision on West Lake Road in Skaneateles.

If a positive declaration is issued, the developer will be asked to fill out an Environmental Impact Statement, a more detailed SEQR form. The board would then be able to hold a public hearing before making a determination on the impact statement.

What is in the proposal?

The proposed subdivision includes 18 lots on a 46-acre property on West Lake Road in the town of Skaneateles. Six of the lots are to be on the east side of the road and 12 on the west side. Seven of the lots, the ones on the east side of the road and one from the west side, will have access to the lake via a communal area. The lake area will not be developed aside from lot no. 1 which is on the lake. The plans also call for recreation areas on both sides of the road including pools, tennis courts and bathrooms.

According to a narrative submitted to the planning board by EDR in February, Loveless is considered an “open space subdivision,” which under town code calls for 24 acres of the property to remain undeveloped. The acreage will consist of 23 percent non-buildable land and 77 percent buildable land.

The SEQR form indicates that the plan will also call for 11 acres of forrest to be torn down and built on.

The lots are all at least one acre in area, which is the town minimum. Each lot also includes designated areas on which construction of houses would be limited to as to abide by town impermeable surface coverage and development requirements. The lots would be sold and then the construction and design of the houses would be up to the owners. Each lot also calls for plans for septic systems.

The developers also state on the impact form that the land does not contain any “scenic views known to be important to the community” and that the development is “consistent with recommended uses in adopted local land use plans.”

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