Zollweg and Pfeifer are just two North Farmington residents worried the long term impact the Stonewood housing development could have on their rural community. “Do we want hundreds of homes out here? Does that pull people out of Rochester even more or does it bring more people in, and what do we want this area to look like,” said Zollweg.
Pfiefer also worries about the impact a new sewer line from this development could have on protected wetlands. “It has to come through the wetlands which are about 3/4 of a mile down the road from here, through our properties, and up to Green Road in order to go over and pick up these homes,” said Pfeifer.
“In the current plan, this area called North Farmington from the Thruway up was considered primarily rural and no plans for any sewer,” said Zollweg.
Last week the DEC said in a letter to Farmington Town officials that every precaution was taken to protect the wetlands. This report allows the construction to move forward. That’s bad news for residents like John Pfeifer who want to keep the area just the way it is. “There's areas for development and areas like the one behind me here which are good farmland and should be kept farmland,” said Pfeifer.