Planners question whether wells can support 34-home development

By David Tyler
Before moving forward with a new subdivision off Henneberry Road, the Manlius Planning Board is asking the developer for confirmation that there will be an ample supply of water to serve 34 single-family homes.
Harrington Homes is proposing the subdivision on a horseshoe road just south of Brandywine Drive off Henneberry Road. Stalled proposals for a development on the site date back to 2002, but plans were revived earlier this year by Harrington. The average lot size in the development is about an acre and a half. The homes will have either three or four bedrooms.
The site lies outside of municipal water district and because of the grade leading up to the development, there is no available municipal water source. Plans call for each of the homes to be serviced by a well.
The planning board is asking for a series of test wells to be drilled with the results certified by a hydrogeologist before allowing the site plan review to move forward.
Mark Shute of Shute Water Systems, representing the developer, told the board he had successfully drilled many wells in the area and didn’t anticipate there would be a problem with the water supply.
Planning board member Rich Rossetti said he would like some sort of guarantee that people moving into these homes won’t be left high and dry.

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