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Massena Village Planning Board approves Rose Hill subdivision plan

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MASSENA - The Rose Hill Foundation received approval from the village’s planning board Wednesday night to subdivide a parcel into four lots.

The subdivision approval means the foundation can sell a portion of the property it owns on County Route 43, an effort aimed at gaining revenue for additional improvements to the drug and alcohol treatment center for adolescents.

Rose Hill received preliminary and final subdivision approvals.

Planning board Chairman Frank Hutt read from a July letter from the Department of Health to the foundation.

“I have received your letter dated July 17 of 2013 in request of clarification of the Department of Health jurisdiction over realty subdivision. DOH regulations only apply to realty subdivisions in which five or more lots that are 5 acres or less in size are sold or operated for sale over a three-year period. Therefore, any subdivision in which a maximum of four lots will be created does not meet the definition of realty subdivision under DOH regulations and approval from DOH is not necessary,” he read.

Mr. Hutt also read a letter directed to Rose Hill Foundation Treasurer W. John Davis, written by Mayor James F. Hidy. In the letter, Mr. Hidy explains that the Massena Village Board of Trustees have determined that due to the loss of parcels in the subdivision and the land not being within 100 feet of the village water and sewer line, they are not required to submit a waiver for the connection with the water and sewer system.

The four lots that will be sold were identified as 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Mr. Davis was in attendance on Wednesday and explained the reasoning behind the change in the number of lots sold.

“The thing was, we would have had to drill a test well with the nine lots. We had already put in close to $12,000 in this project, and we just didn’t want to put in any more until we really saw if there’s an interest out there because of where it is and the village tax involved. So figured we would downsize it to the four. If they go, we can always go back and do something with the others at a later date,” Mr. Davis said.

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