Yesterday I looked at the populations of the Dryden portion of McLean and the hamlet area north of the Village of Dryden. The Draft Comprehensive Plan proposes an average density for these hamlet areas of eight units per acre, like it does for Etna and Varna. Figuring out the current density seems like a good first step toward evaluating the impact of the proposed new density.
Using calculations biased toward producing higher density values, the hamlet north of Dryden's housing density is about 3.9 units/acre, while that of the Dryden portion of McLean is about 2.8 units/acre.
The hamlet north of Dryden is easier to calculate. In Figure 5-1 of the Draft Comprehensive Plan (301 KB PDF), the hamlet north of Dryden looks like the picture below. The "hamlet" portion this calculation is about is just the yellow.
The hamlet area north of Dryden, as defined in yellow by the Draft Comprehensive Plan.
A set of parcels which corresponds to the yellow area is shown below:
This selection of parcels is either 26.5 or 25 acres; taking the lower figure to calculate the highest density, 98 housing units divided by 25 acres gives 3.9 units/acre.
McLean is somewhat more complicated, as its yellow area includes some parcels which aren't developed but intermingled with parcels that are. The gray area below includes all of the areas in the yellow, though for density calculations we'll exclude the two largest parcels.
The McLean hamlet area in the Town of Dryden, as defined in yellow by the Draft Comprehensive Plan.
Without the two largest parcels, which total around 125 acres, that leaves 44 acres of developed area. McLean had 135 housing units, which divided by 44 acres produces around 2.8 units/acre.Posted by simon at March 7, 2004 11:09 AM in McLean , Village of Dryden , demographics , planning and zoning