New housing platforms, Shorelands
10 Meadowbank Road’s application to use fill to raise a proposed house above the the new flood line was approved by the P&Z last night. The issue, at least among the neighbors, was whether all houses down there will have to be on stilts – ugly, and houses so built won’t serve as a bulkhead for houses behind them – vs. concern that the new hummocks would divert water to neighboring homes and cause more damage.
I wouldn’t pretend to know anything about the respective merits of the two arguments but FWIW’s resident expert on this stuff, consultant Mike Finkbeiner, says fill is not only accepted by FEMA, much of Rye is using it now. Specifically,
Filling in a coastal stillwater (AE) is the best solution to high water tidal events. In Rye this is strongly endorsed, and is part of the FEMA method. FEMA calls this modification LOMC-F (Letter of Map Change by Fill.)
Mike wasn’t involved in this particular application, so far as I know, and what I do know about him is that he’s absolutely honest and not someone who’d tailor his opinion to suit who might be paying him, so I’ll go with him. Which, by the way, is probably something you should do if you’re contemplating s project or a purchase in one of our new flood ones. You shouldn’t rely on your realtor’s opinion which is probably based on ignorance and supposition. Certainly mine would be, which is why I use the old technique I learned as a lawyer when confronted with a question in an area of law I wasn’t familiar with: “I don’t know, but I can find out.” If you hear more than that, run for hills, so to speak.
UPDATE: there’s discussion in the comments section about the DPW dumping storm water off the streets onto private homeowners’ land, thus making it their problem, not the town. Next time you pas under an I-95 bridge (Strickland Road’s a good example) check out the drainpipes leading from the road surface above directly into Long Island Sound. If a private party contaminated the water like this, pouring oily,filthy road water into the Sound, that person would be in jail. Our state does it with impunity, the entire length of the Interstate and the Merritt and Route One and …
[Note from editor: those readers who believe I write this stuff “in the middle of the night”, as one opined yesterday, should know that WordPress doesn’t seem to recognize daylight savings time (or I can’t get it to). So it’s not 3:20 right now.)