Other Housing Alternatives

Our examination of the Stony Lodge site included the exhaustive study of other approaches (shown below) to residential construction, including townhouses, cluster housing, and traditional single-family concepts. In every instance these alternatives were less appealing because they are either more invasive on the property’s natural features and/or may cause:

  • Elimination of many additional acres of green open space.
  • Increase school-aged children.
  • Cause a net decrease in tax revenues to the School District and Town as the services required by these alternatives are greater than the revenues generated.
  • Increase non-porous area, requiring larger stormwater detention basins.
  • Increase internal roads, driveways, and utilities.
  • And others…

EMPIRICAL COMPARISON

By contrast, when compared to all Alternatives studied except the No-Build scenario, the proposed project results in:

  • greater preservation of open space,
  • no impact to the wetland buffer,
  • enhancement of stormwater management,
  • preservation of vegetation & habitat,
  • greater tax revenue benefits to the community,
  • less traffic,
  • NO school children.

Alternatives Below are in Comparison to New Proposed Age-Restricted 55+ Project

Alternative A (former project) Drawbacks:

  • Nearly 500% more peak Traffic trips.
  • 22-29 school-age children.
  • Less in net tax revenues generated per year.

Alternative B Drawbacks:

  • Disturbs wetlands.
  • Significant site disturbance resulting in most of the site being stripped of vegetation.
  • 150-160% more peak traffic trips.
  • 26 school-age children.
  • Creates a tax negative to the OUFSD because tax revenues generated are not sufficient to cover the increase in pupils.

Alternative C Drawbacks:

  • Disturbs wetlands.
  • Significant site disturbance resulting in most of the site needing to be revegetated.
  • 160-180% more peak traffic trips.
  • 30 school-age children.
  • Creates a tax negative to the OUFSD because tax revenues generated are not sufficient to cover the increase in pupils.

Alternative D Drawbacks:

  • Disturbs wetlands.
  • Significant site disturbance resulting in most of the site needing to be revegetated.
  • 300% more peak traffic trips.
  • 58 school-age children.
  • Creates a tax negative to the OUFSD because tax revenues generated are not sufficient to cover the increase in pupils.

Statistical Comparison of the Above Alternatives to our Proposed Project:

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