Representatives from Woodstock National LLC recently presented a visionary project to the Woodstock Planning Board, outlining their development plans for approximately 520 acres in Woodstock, New York and an additional parcel in Ulster. Notably, Alec Gladd, an attorney in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning and Development practice shared his perspective on the project.
The proposed development includes 24 affordable housing units, a conservation subdivision with 90 single-family homes, 77 townhouses in Ulster, an 18-hole golf course, and a helipad to replace the existing FAA-approved landing strip.
Preserving the environment is a top priority, particularly within Woodstock’s Zena Critical Environmental Area. Planning Board Chairman Peter Cross stressed the importance of avoiding wetlands and wetlands buffers, preserving forests, and protecting wildlife habitats.
Alec Gladd provided insights into the environmental considerations of the project. He explained, “We plan to minimize clearing on individual lots, dedicating a separate parcel for affordable housing to maximize units. Additionally, 50% of the land will remain open space. Importantly, we are committed to avoiding wetlands and their buffers.”
The centerpiece of the development is the 18-hole golf course, mostly in Woodstock with some holes in Ulster. Gladd detailed amenities like a clubhouse, driving range, golf performance center, and 16 rental villas exclusively for club members’ guests, not available to the general public.
Chairman Cross emphasized that these discussions are preliminary, awaiting a formal application with detailed site plans. Approval from the Town of Ulster is also required for their portion of the development.
This forward-thinking project promises to reshape Woodstock and Ulster, prioritizing nature preservation, affordable housing, and community amenities. As plans progress, the local community eagerly anticipates further developments in this transformative endeavor.