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Utowana subdivision planned

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - Updated: 10:02 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Staff Reporter

INDIAN LAKE—First conceived in 2004 by Dean and Donna Pohl, a five-lot subdivision on the northwest shore of Utowana Lake is scheduled for a public hearing when the Indian Lake Planning Board next meets Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The Pohls presented a completed application for the subdivision to the Planning Board when it met Wednesday, Nov. 3. They also have a completed application before the APA.

This is a Class A major subdivision on Resource Management land, where Adirondack Park Agency (APA) zoning requires building lots be a minimum of 42.7 acres. Four lots are to be carved from a large lot owned by the Pohls, who are doing business as Marion River Carry Railroad Company.

The four lots range in size from 5 to 8.6 acres and are to be part of what is known as a cluster development. This allows them to be smaller than the 42.7-acre minimum by removing from all future development about 143 acres from the adjoining acreage.

As explained by Dean Pohl at the meeting, the four lots he plans to subdivide will have access from State Route 28 over a bridge crossing the Marion River and from an access road used for mining sand and gravel and logging.

Pohl said he has a 30-year mining permit on 11 acres from both the APA and the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued in 2001.

The main concern expressed by the board is the condition of the access road. The board asked Pohl to provide engineering reports on the bridge and access road, and allow an inspection of them by the Blue Mountain Lake fire and ambulance departments to determine if fire equipment and ambulances can safely reach the proposed lots.

The board approved a two-lot subdivision request from Connie Hutchins for adjoining lots she owns between Rt. 30 and Lake Shore Drive in Sabael.

No new restrictions were placed on the two undersized, grandfathered lots, but it was stipulated the new deeds must continue current rights-of-way to a water pump station on them.

     

Comments made about this article - 3 Total

Posted By: Alexander Harrison On: 11/30/2010

Title: Lot subdivision on the northwest shore of Utowana Lake

Dear Town of Indian Lake Planning Board:
My letter is with regard to the planned subdivision on the west end of Lake Utowana and the head of the Marion River proposed by Dean Pohl.
It seems to me as though the entire spirit and the integrity of the Adirondack State Park may be lost on Mr. Pohl with his booze cruises on Raquette Lake and his existing quarry pit already positioned at the head of the Marion River. Has this man a true love, appreciation, and, respect for the Adirondack State Park? Or, is the Park, for him, simply an open-ended revenue stream where bending the rules allows one to turn the valve on that stream further to the "full-open" position?
The head of the Marion River is a little jewel of an area (location of, once, the shortest run of standard gauge railroad ever used regularly in this country, and, if one looks carefully, one can still see the remains of some of the railroad ties) that is relatively unspoiled, and, logically, hopefully could/should remain so. The hikers and canoers that have long enjoyed this wonderful, somewhat remote, section of the Eckford Chain will have their pleasure permanently destroyed as they portage past five man-made invasions... that is, of course, if the hikers and canoers will be permitted to continue to use this long appreciated trail.
Has consideration been properly given to the consequences of five houses being built so close to the Marion River, one of the main feeds to Raquette Lake's waters? Realistically, I would have to imagine that proper containment of the various industrial materials that would be used for such a project are not likely to be handled with the greatest of care, and, therefore would find their way easily into the Marion. And, of course, should these five houses then be inhabited, the ensuing stress to the ecosystem is, most likely, incalculable. Is no one thinking, "BIGGER PICTURE" here!?!?! If we are trying to preserve a State Park, then, let's do so, if not, then, let's begin by simply removing the "State Park" status and let come what may.
I am assuming, at this point, Mr. Pohl's plans are legal. But, just as building five mosques down by Ground Zero my be perfectly legal, is it the right thing to do based on the needs and sensitivities of the greater community and surrounding environment? Is Raquette Lake prepared for the effluent that will result, no doubt, from the unavoidable run-off generated by these sites? Will Raquette Lake be able to absorb the continued run-off as these properties become inhabited? Are there so few existing properties available that this area is desperate for new housing? After booze cruises, quarry pits, and housing developments might fractal drilling be next on Mr. Pohl's "to do" list.
Seriously, is this project REALLY necessary? Will Mr. Pohl deteriorate into poverty and then ruination if his application to proceed is denied? Have genuine, unbiased environmental impact studies really, truly been conducted..... no shenanigans... but someone with unfaltering honesty providing blessings and the unequivocal "go-ahead" for these plans? Is approving this project really and truly in the best interests of, and, the very best decision that can be made for the Marion River and Lake Utowana, the surrounding area, and, the prolonged health and stability of the greater Adirondack State Park.
....REALLY.....? Please, everybody, consider this carefully.
Sincerely,
Alexander Harrison
frequent visitor to the Eckford Chain since 1982.

The head of the Marion River is a little jewel of an area (location of, once, the shortest run of standard gauge railroad ever used regularly in this country, and, if one looks carefully, one can still see the remains of some of the railroad ties) that is relatively unspoiled, and, logically, hopefully could/should remain so. The hikers and canoers that have long enjoyed this wonderful, somewhat remote, section of the Eckford Chain will have their pleasure permanently destroyed as they portage past five man-made invasions... that is, of course, if the hikers and canoers will be permitted to continue to use this long appreciated trail.
Has consideration been properly given to the consequences of five houses being built so close to the Marion River, one of the main feeds to Raquette Lake's waters? Realistically, I would have to imagine that proper containment of the various industrial materials that would be used for such a project are not likely to be handled with the greatest of care, and, therefore would find their way easily into the Marion. And, of course, should these five houses then be inhabited, the ensuing stress to the ecosystem is, most likely, incalculable. Is no one thinking, "BIGGER PICTURE" here!?!?! If we are trying to preserve a State Park, then, let's do so, if not, then, let's begin by simply removing the "State Park" status and let come what may.
I am assuming, at this point, Mr. Pohl's plans are legal. But, just as building five mosques down by Ground Zero my be perfectly legal, is it the right thing to do based on the needs and sensitivities of the greater community and surrounding environment? Is Raquette Lake prepared for the effluent that will result, no doubt, from the unavoidable run-off generated by these sites? Will Raquette Lake be able to absorb the continued run-off as these properties become inhabited? Are there so few existing properties available that this area is desperate for new housing? After booze cruises, quarry pits, and housing developments might fractal drilling be next on Mr. Pohl's "to do" list.
Seriously, is this project REALLY necessary? Will Mr. Pohl deteriorate into poverty and then ruination if his application to proceed is denied? Have genuine, unbiased environmental impact studies really, truly been conducted..... no shenanigans... but someone with unfaltering honesty providing blessings and the unequivocal "go-ahead" for these plans? Is approving this project really and truly in the best interests of, and, the very best decision that can be made for the Marion River and Lake Utowana, the surrounding area, and, the prolonged health and stability of the greater Adirondack State Park.
....REALLY.....? Please, everybody, consider this carefully.
Sincerely,
Alexander Harrison
frequent visitor to the Eckford Chain since 1982." />

Posted By: Hugh Karraker, Redding, CT On: 11/19/2010

Title: Utowna Subdivision

Dean and Donna Pohl, DBA, Marion River Carry Railroad Company, don't know when to quit. Their application to restore the Marion River railroad over a canoe carry leading from Utowana Lake and the Marion River was denied three years ago. Now, they want to build a road from Route 28, over the scenic Marion River to a site on the canoe route waterway and wetlands to build four homes. The Pohl's cluster housing plan manipulates the designated Resource Management regulations for their benefit. I am amazed at the audacity of the Pohl's to use this tactic to desecrate this pristine area. The Pohl's can be sure residents and frequent visitors to the area will support due diligence on the part of the Indian Lake Planning Board and the DEC to find good reason to deny their application.

Posted By: Hugh Karraker, Redding, CT On: 11/19/2010

Title: Marion River Carry Railroad Company

I read the article, "Utowana subdivision planned", and was outraged that Mr. Pohl and the Marion River Carry Railroad Company would proceed with an application to allow homesites with roadway access to be built along side of a well established and pristine canoe route and adjacent wetlands.
Going for a cluster housing loop hole allows Mr. Pohl to side step the APA's long standing Resource Management zoning requirement. And, I understand the APA has approved the application. This may make this project seem a "done deal", but I'm hoping there are enough regulations available to the Indian Lake Planning Board and DEC and DEP to stop this in its tracks. I believe there are enough local residents and frequent visitors to the Utowana Lake area, who are ready,willing and able to give these governmental bodies the support they need to nix the application.

Going for a cluster housing loop hole allows Mr. Pohl to side step the APA's long standing Resource Management zoning requirement. And, I understand the APA has approved the application. This may make this project seem a "done deal", but I'm hoping there are enough regulations available to the Indian Lake Planning Board and DEC and DEP to stop this in its tracks. I believe there are enough local residents and frequent visitors to the Utowana Lake area, who are ready,willing and able to give these governmental bodies the support they need to nix the application. " />

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