The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association urges a different direction for the proposed development in South Bristol.
SOUTH BRISTOL — A revised plan for the Everwilde Inn and Spa project doesn’t satisfy the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.
The nonprofit of 1,100 members is urging the South Bristol Town Board to reject the latest attempt by developers to move the project forward and eventually see their development on 45.7 acres on Seneca Point Road come to fruition.
The plan needs “a more serious and realistic review,” according to the watershed association. A major concern is the capability of the Bristol Harbour sewage treatment facility to handle “the complex chemical compounds and waste generated by a spa facility” of its proposed size. The high-end resort will use “chemical compounds and complex products” for spa treatments, for properly cleaning and sanitizing the facility, and washing heavy soil from food and beverage linens — factors the association argues are not adequately addressed.
“The effluent discharge is directly into Seneca Point Gully draining into the drinking water source for 65,000 people, Canandaigua Lake,” according to the watershed group, which raises a number of points related to water and sewage in the revised plan. The organization also questions why the developer doesn’t consider certain alternative sites — in particular the existing Bristol Harbour Resort across the road.
On Monday, the Town Board will update the status of Everwilde —the center of a long and controversial approval process.
Regardless of changes to the plan, if Everwilde is to be built on the 45.7 acres on Seneca Point Road as developers want, it will require rezoning the property from residential to a Planned Development.
A written public comment period ended Jan. 31 on revisions to the Everwilde proposal, called the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or SEIS. Town environmental consultant LaBella Associates is combining all the latest comments made to a revised plan, with comments received previously, to create one document the Town Board will consider as it moves forward.
Why the revisions?
Last year, Everwilde property owners Todd and Laura Cook bought Bristol Harbour Resort and its accompanying sewage and waterworks corporations. With concerns that Everwilde could pollute Canandaigua Lake and given its need for water and sewer, the purchase raised the question: Why couldn't Everwilde be built or merged with the existing resort, thus eliminating environmental concerns? Everwilde developers, however, argued the project should be built as planned with water and sewer worries solved by connecting to Bristol Harbour water and sewer.
The SEIS presents the developers case for how and why the Seneca Point Road property will answer environmental concerns.
Why not build the inn and spa at Bristol Harbour? Discussion will focus on this in the coming months, with strong arguments expected from both sides.
The watershed group recently posted on its website reasons why Everwilde at Bristol Harbour is a good idea.
The developer hasn’t considered “the most prime site alternative of all, the current Bristol Harbour Resort site,” states CLWA.
From the association’s standpoint, the site meets all the developers’ qualification criteria with the best panoramic view of all the sites, a private location with a private access drive, sight proximity from Seneca Point Road and waterfront access already in place with minimal approvals required “due to its pre-existing Planned Development status and approved docking and slip system.”
The CLWA states the location “would fit within the existing zoning code and the Uniform Dock and Mooring Regulations without requiring the need for variances or rezoning.”
Everwilde at Bristol Harbour would “result in less overall disturbance, environmental impact and would better meet the balanced needs of the developer and the surrounding community,” according to CLWA.
Calling it a “viable site,” CLWA argues it would be a “win for all stakeholders” because it would eliminate the need for any rezoning, eliminate the tram requirements and the need for a high-pressure sewer line running over 1,000 feet uphill.
The “use of the Bristol Harbour Resort footprint would greatly reduce the project’s environmental impact, and the risk of a sewer main or utility malfunction jeopardizing the lake and water quality,” according to CLWA.