Sunday, Apr 14th

Home Sales and a Proposed 8 Home Subdivision on Garden Road

80 Garden RoadThe site currently has an extensive tree canopy.This week, on Wednesday night March 20, the Scarsdale Planning Board held a special meeting to review a proposed subdivision on 7 acres at 80 Garden Road. The proposal has been under consideration since August 2018. Though many neighbors appeared, there was no period for public comment.

Here is what we learned from the presentations of the lawyer, the engineer, the hydrolics expert and the landscape architect:

The eight-home development would be on a private road in a cul de sac. Each home would have its own water well as the Village does not have adequate water to supply the homes with water when there is also demand for water during a fire emergency. Each home would also have a swimming pool.

Since the area has a high water table, the developer, Steve Kessner, is proposing to bring in enough landfill to raise the ground level by four feet, and contain the fill with four foot high retaining walls on the north and south sides of the property. This will allow the builder to place the underground pipes in the fill, rather than deeper underground where they could be infiltrated by groundwater.

Due to the high water table, the builder can’t use drywells for water retention so he is proposing to build an underground retention system with a slow release system to allow water to be time released.


The project will require the removal of 437 live trees. This count does not include any dead or fallen trees on the property that will also be removed. A landscape plan calls for the replacement of these trees with many native species. The landscape architect said it would take an estimated 10 years for the replacement trees to reach maturity.

The project engineer estimated that the new development would decrease run-off from the property by 7%. He also contended that grass yards would absorb more water than the existing trees.

The Village hired expert Mott McDonald to review the plans. He felt that the drainage plan was properly calculated. However the consultants were unable to validate the modeling done to project the effects of the project on the water table and water run off. They said, “We would like to see their calculations, but the macros in their spreadsheet were not working.” They asked for more information about the assumptions in the model such as temperature, humidity and windspeed.

The quality of the landfill was also discussed as it would play a critical role in absorbing the water. How would the quality of the landfill be monitored and measured?

There were further questions about what would occur during the construction period, when the property was denuded of trees and the retention system and replacement trees were not yet present. What might be the effects of a 100-year storm on neighboring properties?

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Planning Board called for a full environmental review of the proposal. See the application here.

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