Sterling Forest Corp. Floats Yet Another Plan

Sterling Forest Corp. Floats Yet Another Plan

On March 20, 2000, Sterling Forest LLC applied to the Town Board of Tuxedo for a zoning change and a permit to develop a golf course and 103 homes on the 531 acres it has retained for this purpose along County Route 84.

The development will be named Sterling Forge Estates. This project is as follows:103 homes costing $750,000 and up to be situated on lots from 8,000 square feet up to eight acres on both sides of County Route 84. An additional five homes are planned for adjacent property in the town of Warwick, for a total of 108 homes. An 18-hole daily-fee golf course on 220 acres, including a club house, maintenance buildings and a practice green developed under a “state of the art” management plan approved by Audubon International. It should be noted that this is NOT the Audubon Society, but instead a company that has taken advantage of the Audubon name for commercial purposes. Water for this development, estimated at 46,000 gallons/day for the homes, will come from Sterling Lake. The golf course complex will require an additional 9,000 gallons from Sterling Lake, plus additional ground or lake water for greens maintenance.

Sewage will be processed at the present site at Sterling Lake. The current capacity is 35,000 gallons/day of tertiary treatment but it is now only processing about 20,000 gallons/day. This facility will have to be upgraded or replaced to attain a capacity of 75,000 gallons/day with a higher level of treatment (described as phosphorus removal) which will be discharged, as now, into the Ringwood drainage system. Proposed for re-zoning to Open Space Residential (R-1)are 413 acres that are now either zoned as Research Office (RO) or Light Industrial Office (LIO) districts. Re-zoning is necessary to allow for the single-family residential use and the golf course. The Tuxedo Town Board will serve as lead agency under the state environmental review law. The timetable for the environmental review process will be set by the Town Board once the preliminary application document has been circulated to, and acknowledged by, all relevant agencies. Clearly, this golf-estate development will be enhanced by the surrounding new park, however, its potential impact on the park must be closely evaluated. Negative impacts on water quality and quantity, forest fragmentation and the park visitors experience must be fully mitigated. There will be an opportunity for the public to comment on these issues when the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on this development is submitted to the Town of Tuxedo for review and acceptance.
Source: The Sterling Messenger, Volume VIII, #3, May 2000