Chester Golf Club Development Proposal
Update Land Saved as Open Space after decade of efforts by area residents and The Preservation Collective, demanding better Town planning and preservation.
With the passing of developer/owner of Chester Golf Project, uncertainty surrounded the future of the property. Dec 2014 press release from the Open Space Institute announces their purchase of the property to be added to Goosepond Mountain State Parkland. News from OSI here.
We want to thank OSI for their commitment to land preservation and listening to the public about the negative environmental impacts of overdevelopment in this area. There are also so many people to thank for their part in speaking up over the years particularly the efforts by the residents of Kings Tract and surrounding area, members of our organization and all those representatives we spoke with at the NY/NJ Trail Conference, Orange County Land Trust and NY State Parks/Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
227 single family clustered subdivision on 398 acres off Laroe Road surrounding Gibson Hill and Bull Mill Road intersections. The project is estimated to generate 695 new residents, which includess 341 children for the Monroe Woodbury School District. New road connections to Walton Lake Estates and King Tract neighborhoods are under consideration. Note, the golf course is no longer proposed by the applicant and is not included in this Draft Environmental Impact Study. The applicant proposes expanding King Tract water district and building a sewer treatment plant. Portions of the project are in steep slopes and other portions around wetlands and streams. Several environmental impacts have been identified to occur as a result of the proposed development.
The Preservation Collective submitted comments on the Draft EIS at the public hearing held on November 17, 2010. These comments are available on our website as a PDF. We also included a letter from an engineer regarding missing maps from the DEIS (available here), a letter from an attorney regarding Planning Board's authority in review (available here), and a letter from a Hydrogeologist.
The applicant handed in responses to questions and comments from the Public Hearing and they are now available online. To read the Draft Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) click here.
For More Information:
Chester Golf Club Watch
Chester Citizens Guide