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Letter: Beware of Slick Promises

In its public presentation on September 29th, potential County Club developer Arbor Haven promised that all new roads would be privately owned and maintained by a homeowners’ association.  However, past experience demonstrates that a homeowners’ association can easily abandon its road responsibilities, cede ownership of the road to the town, and thereby pass the burdensome cost of road maintenance, including snowplowing, onto the town’s taxpayers.  Since this has happened in Woodbridge before, it should be expected to happen again.

Arbor Haven also claimed that its new roads would be constructed of permeable material in order to minimize the stormwater runoff impacts of development.  But there is a reason why roads and driveways are generally paved – permeable alternatives readily develop ruts and require frequent attention.  Any new homeowner within an approved Country Club development is likely to want asphalt.

Woodbridge taxpayers should be wary of both promises, as well as any other gimmicks designed to make this development look good.

Amey Marrella

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