Communities scored two victories in preserving the quality of life in their towns in 2005
Communities scored two victories in preserving the quality of life in their towns. Voters in Chester and Goshen approved spending almost $10 million between them to preserve open space. Chester voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal to borrow $4.4 million to buy property near Sugar Loaf where a developer had planned to build 49 homes. Community opposition to the Broadview Estates project had argued that the project would spoil Sugar Loaf Mountain’s scenic ridgeline and detrimentally impact business for the artisan shops in Sugar Loaf, a major Orange County and local tourist attraction. The Town Board proposed buying the developer’s 96 acres in response to those concerns, although board members disagreed on the merits. Voters passed it by a nearly 2-1 ratio.
In the Town of Goshen, voters narrowly approved borrowing $5 million to buy the development rights to farmland and other vacant property where the owners keep their property but accept deed restrictions that prevent it from ever being developed. This effort is directed at keeping some of Goshen’s rural character in light of the town wide building moratorium being lifted and roughly 600 new homes pending approval.