ROCKLAND — An independent review of the stormwater management plan for the Midcoast Habitat for Humanity housing development on Talbot Avenue found it ” looks in pretty good shape.”

Wright-Pierce engineers of Topsham submitted its report to the city on Dec. 30. The city selected Wright-Pierce to perform the independent review of Habitat’s stormwater plan. The peer review is part of the Planning Board’s review of the Firefly Field subdivision that would build 13 homes on 10.6 acres on upper Talbot Avenue.

The project was scheduled to face another review by the Planning Board on Tuesday, Jan. 18 but was postponed due to an illness of one of the presenters. The project may be heard at the Planning Board’s Feb. 1 meeting.

“We’ve completed our review of the stormwater management system for the Firefly Subdivision in Rockland,” Wright-Pirerce stated in an email to the city. “Overall the plan looks in pretty good shape. A more detailed hydrocad report would likely address some of the comments we had. Thank you for asking Wright-Pierce to provide peer review comments on this project.”

The peer review study found the stormwater treatment in the Habitat plan includes a grassed underdrained soil filter, three rain gardens, drip edge filters, and pervious pavement which are stormwater treatment practices approved by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The issue of stormwater has been one of the issues raised by neighbors who oppose the development. The same neighbors have also argued the project does not fit into the character of the existing neighborhood.

Properties downstream experience flooding during heavy rains.

Engineer Mike Sabatini of Landmark Surveyors and Engineers of Rockport said during the Planning Board’s Dec. 28 site walk of the property, the steps being taken by Habitat to manage stormwater would improve the situation.

Sabatini said if the people who lived in the Lindsey Brook watershed were to take similar steps to what Habitat is doing, Lindsey Brook would not be such a bad situation.

Habitat plans to build 13 residences on the 10.6-acre lot. Half of the land is wetlands, but no homes will be built on that section of the lot, although the road will pass through some wetlands.

The project is scaled back from the original plan of 18 residences.

The first phase will be the six 700 square-foot homes to be managed by the Knox County Homeless Coalition. The second phase will be two duplexes with a total footprint of 1,800 square feet, also to be managed by the Homeless Coalition. The final phase would be the three Habitat homes of 900 square feet. The Habitat homes may have second floors.

The road in the development will be 22-feet wide with a five-foot wide sidewalk.