Flood Mitigation Pressing Issue at
Harrison Planning Board Meeting

Harrison Town Planner Pat Cleary

By Stephen E. Lipken


A meeting of the Harrison Planning Board was conducted by Chair, Joseph Stout on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, beginning with adoption of the Renaissance Harrison Mixed Use Community Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Scoping Document.


Regarding 14 Highland Ridge Lane Subdivision, attorney Michael Zarin, Zarin and Steinmetz reported that the neighbor withdrew his request for a Cul-de-Sac but is negotiating a shared water main, accepting a 180-day extension to study this matter.


Referring to 81 Crystal Street, Zarin requested a video inspection of the pipes crossing the corner of property along with removal of an existing tree to be replaced by 3 new trees. There was some ongoing confusion regarding coverage of an impervious area.  Existing coverage is now 2,530 square feet, with two houses, 3,220 square feet, an additional 690 square feet.


Homeowner Tina Martinez stressed that she was in water “up to her waist.  That is why I am not in my home (81 Crystal Street).  It has not been rebuilt.  I had to rescue my daughter and rescued a neighbor. I have 24 years of experience as a firefighter.  I lost every room, except for one and intend to make this property better for my children.”


Resident Rob Porto quoted Chapter 146 regarding flood hazards.  “Driveways are suspect, with impervious paving.  You have driveways with small holes, mashed down by cars. The water is going to run off.  There is the struggle to keep these houses out of the floodways.  The drives with their fancy pavers are in the floodways.  


“The pipe that water is going into, Sterling Ridge, Duck Pond and whole area is funneled into those pipes. Will two more houses put more water into the yards?  I definitely think so.”