o the editor:
As residents/property owners in Wilmington, we, the undersigned, are very concerned about the proposed development of land adjacent to the Wilmington town beach. As we understand it, on the 8-plus-acre parcel in question, the current zoning law would allow eight buildings, 16 units. The project developer proposes nine buildings, 27 units. The additional 11 units are the reason a variance is necessary, and that is the only issue. In our opinion, allowing this variance would have a negative effect on a unique part of Wilmington.
One of the joys of living in Wilmington is its natural beauty. The mountains and the AuSable River are two major natural features that define our community. Our town beach, on a part of the river known as Lake Everest, is Wilmington’s gem. It is open to all for swimming, paddling, fishing, picnicking, musical entertainment and other gatherings. The river is already showing signs of stress, and we believe that adding this density of housing so near the beach would not be in the community’s best interest.
Sixteen units would be acceptable under the present zoning ordinance. Allowing this variance would set a dangerous precedent that would have negative effects on the future of our town. Recently, we have seen the purchase of land by developers. If this trend continues and the board is lax in its application of our land-use ordinance, are we opening Pandora’s box to overdevelopment? We wonder if that is what the majority of Wilmington residents want.
We enjoy the quality of life in Wilmington and are not against progress, but due to the size of this project we implore the board to deny this variance application.
There will be a public hearing on this proposal on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. We hope that the people of Wilmington will attend to voice their opinions, whether they agree or disagree with our viewpoint. Only Wilmington residents may speak at the hearing.
Jae Lyn Burke
Andrew and Jean Cavallero
Wesley and Nancy Gonyea
MaryAnn and Peter Yuro