Connecticut's last large unfragmented coastal forest, close to 1,000 acres, is threatened by a 226 unit private golf course development. Not only would wildlife be harmed, but our aquifer, streams, and well water will be threatened by pollution and our country roads clogged with an estimated 1,000 additional cars. Plus, it is estimated to cost the town of Old Saybrook $35 Million up front and $140 Million 30-40 years from now for infrastructure.
We, the undersigned, have serious questions about the proposed private golf course and 226 unit residential development to be called "The Preserve" by its owners, River Sound LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lehman Brothers of NYC.
Development of the 1,000-acre forest would:
RAISE TAXES by requiring expanded town services;
REQUIRE THE TOWN OF OLD SAYBROOK (per state law) TO FOOT THE BILL FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE EQUIVALENT TO THE LARGEST COMMUNITY SEPTIC SYSTEM IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT;
CREATE MAJOR TRAFFIC BURDENS on among others, Route 154, Schoolhouse, Elm Street and Ingham Hill, Bokum Road and our area overall;
THREATEN OUR WATER QUALITY AND SUPPLY - presently water from the 1,000-acre forest has been given the highest level of quality water can be designated as. This water is a major source of our drinking water;
COST THE TOWN OF OLD SAYBROOK $35 MILLION UP FRONT AND $140 MILLION 30 years to 40 years from now, to initially construct and then repair and reconstruct roads and bridges proposed for this private golf course community;
We urge the Old Saybrook Planning Commission to deny the applicant’s latest request to modify an earlier proposed subdivision plan by proposing 3 stand alone “pods”, one atop of Ingham Hill Old Saybrook, one near the Old Saybrook/Essex town-line on Bokum Road and one along Route 153 in Westbrook. Their current proposal has serious flaws and the appliant has failed to provide ample information on traffic and water quality and quantity protection on the newly proposed areas for development, for you to make a thoroughly well informed decision.
Further, we support efforts by Connecticut's now Senator Blumenthal, the Department of Environmental Protection, state leaders and conservation groups who have designated preservation of the 1,000 acres as a high priority area for the State and who have been working toward a conservation purchase throughout the years.
This last 1,000 acre coastal forest located in Northwest Old Saybrook, extending into Essex and Westbrook, is the last forest and wetland complex of its kind in Connecticut so close to LI Sound, and should be protected as a 1,000 acre forest legacy for future generations and to conserve our quality of life.
Thank you for taking the time to read this petition.