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Hanover plans ahead

December 31, 2013

HANOVER — The Hanover Town Board took action Monday to give the planning board more oversight on new development in the business district....

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Dec-31-13 12:56 PM

Railroads are always horrible to deal with, as laws dating back to their inception give them more power than almost any other industry. Quite simply, they are totally above local control, so therefore don't give a "whit" about any local issues.

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Dec-31-13 10:45 AM

Yes, that is the case. The state DOT has done nothing to deal with the drainage from 5&20into the bay areas. In fact they make things worse by clearing ditches and not taking any measures to control the flow.

Also the railroads are horrible to deal with and will not allow any mitigation efforts whatsoever on "their" property. The railroad land is a barrier down the entire stretch of the Lake Erie Shoreline in our county.

It's in the taxpayers' best interest to address these problems. In the town of Hanover, for example, 70% of property tax and school tax revenue comes from properties inside the flood zone.

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Dec-31-13 10:29 AM

If you are only talking about drainage from properties that have inadequate storm drains or none at all, it makes sense.

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Dec-31-13 7:03 AM

Christopher you are confusing flooding from the creek with storm water drainage flooding. The lack of planning and poor drainage infrastructure has created a backup of storm water which floods properties in Sunset Bay and Hanford Bay during heavy rains. It's a man made problem.

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Dec-31-13 6:42 AM

I agree with the general tone and content relative to planning, and the ridiculous lack of it on Rt. 60 and Vineyard Drive are good examples of bad or no planning at all. But, the flooding in Sunset Bay and Hanover Bay are old issues, way before much development was there. Those places are built in major flood plains, always have been, always will be, and should be high on the list for ending tax payer supplied flood insurance. All the development in the world isn't going to change that issue.

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