Farmers express concerns

April 20, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

When the Klinglers bought their eight-acre farm, they expected a development of half-acre lots to ring their property off Susanann Drive in Manchester.

Now, seven years later, the plans for Manchester Farms show a tight cluster of houses right behind their farmhouse, which stands 20 feet from the property line.

"I'm not totally against this development," Karl Klingler told the Manchester Planning and Zoning Commission last night. "I knew it was going to happen. I just think this clustering will not be healthy for the wetlands or the value of my land."

Mr. Klingler said 95 percent of his property is wetlands, covered with spring heads and streams. The family's water supply is from a spring and a shallow well, he said.

He and his wife, Cathy, told the commission they were concerned about fertilizers and other chemicals draining into their property and would like to see a transition between the housing and their own home.

"The land was undesirable for development," Mr. Klingler said. "But we like it. It's very interesting, with a lot of wildlife on it."

Commission members -- who received the concept plans for sections four, five and six of Manchester Farms last night -- assured Mr. Klingler that they will take his opinions into account throughout the planning process.

"We are willing to work with you and take into account all of your requirements and requests," said commission chairman Benjamin Perricone.

"We have a moral obligation to the existing residents, and we intend to work to meet that moral obligation."

The current Manchester Farms plans, submitted by Herbert Wessel, call for 303 single-family homes on a total of 196 acres that surround the Klinglers' property.

Mr. and Mrs. Klingler bought their farm from Mr. Wessel in 1986.

Last night, the commission also received the final plans for the Blevins Claim development off Westminster Street near Route 27.

Commission members expect to vote on the development of 164 single-family homes at their next meeting.

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