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Norberto, Frank

August 1, 2005


Applicant: Frank Norberto, 254 Roe Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772.

Project: Applicant has applied (Application #1-4736-00366/00003) to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department") for a freshwater wetlands permit to construct a two-story single family dwelling with a footprint of 688 square feet, sanitary system, and a pervious stone driveway. The project is proposed to be located in a regulated freshwater wetland. The proposed project is located on Forest Avenue, 60 feet west of Riviera Drive, Mastic Beach, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

The Department's Division of Environmental Permits reviewed the application and issued a denial of the application with notification to applicant by letter dated March 24, 2005. Department Staff determined that the proposed activity did not meet the standards for permit issuance pursuant to article 24 of the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") and part 663 of title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR"). Specifically, Department staff contended that the proposal is not compatible with the preservation, protection and conservation of the wetland and its benefits, and that applicant failed to demonstrate a compelling economic or social need that outweighs the loss of benefits derived from the wetland (6 NYCRR 663.5(e)(1) & (2)).

Permits: The project would require a freshwater wetland permit pursuant to ECL article 24 and 6 NYCRR part 663. In addition, the project will require two permits not issued by the Department, one permit from the Town of Brookhaven, and a second one from the Suffolk County Department of Health.

SEQRA Status: Department Staff determined that the project is not subject to review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, (ECL article 8 [SEQRA]) and 6 NYCRR part 617 because it is a Type II action, pursuant to 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(9) (the construction of a single family residence).

Legislative Hearing: All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies that may be affected by the project are invited to comment on the application. For this purpose, a legislative hearing to receive unsworn comments will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 10:00 AM at the Patchogue Village Hall, 14 Baker Street, Patchogue, New York.

This location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Pursuant to the State Administrative Procedure Act ("SAPA"), interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the administrative law judge named below at least five business days prior to the hearing.

Written comments may also be submitted at the legislative hearing or may be mailed to be received on or before Friday, August 26, 2005 at the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services at the address listed below.

Issues Conference: A pre-adjudicatory hearing issues conference will be held at the same location immediately following the legislative hearing. The purpose of the issues conference is to define, narrow, and resolve, if possible, the issues that are proposed as subjects for adjudication. The known issues include Department Staff's basis for the denial of the application. Other issues may be proposed for adjudication and must be both substantive and significant in accordance with 6 NYCRR 624.4(c). It is important that any persons requesting party status appear or be represented at the issues conference in order that all proposed issues may be fully discussed.

Adjudicatory Hearing: The adjudicatory hearing is scheduled to take place at the same location, immediately following the issues conference, and will continue from day to day thereafter if necessary.

Party Status: Party status to participate in the adjudicatory hearing will be accorded only to those persons who file a written petition requesting party status. The petition must include the facts intended for presentation pursuant to 6 NYCRR 624.4(c) and 624.5(b). Any petition must fully identify the proposed party together with the name(s) of the person(s) who will act as the proposed party's representative(s), the proposed party's environmental interest in the proceeding, any interest relating to the statutes administered by the Department relevant to the project, whether the request is for full party status or amicus status, and the precise grounds for opposing or supporting the project. Mere opposition to the project is not a sufficient basis to be granted party status. Please see 6 NYCRR 624.4 and 624.5 for further information on party status and identification of issues.

If seeking full party status, the petitioner must propose issues that could result in permit denial, major modification of the proposed project, or the imposition of significant permit conditions. The petition must identify all statutory and regulatory requirements the project may not meet, and explain why. If a petitioner intends to rely upon expert testimony, the petition must also include an offer of proof that specifies the witness(es), the nature of the arguments and other documentary evidence that the petitioner intends to present at the hearing, and the basis for the assertions as to the existence of proposed adjudicable issues.

All filings requesting party or amicus status must be received on or before the close of business on August 25, 2005 at the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany NY 12233-1550, attn: P. Nicholas Garlick, Administrative Law Judge. Electronic filings or telefaxed submissions will NOT be accepted. Copies of the filing are to be sent at the same time and in the same manner to: Craig L. Elgut, Esq., Assistant Regional Attorney, at the Department's Region 1 Office, Building 40, SUNY Stony Brook, New York 11790-2356; and applicant's agent, Alicia M. Gryn, Esq., 57 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772.

Document Availability: All filed documents, the application and other papers are available for inspection during normal business hours at the Department's Region 1 Office, Building 40, SUNY Stony Brook, New York 11790-2356, attn: Roger Evans, Deputy Regional Permit Administrator, telephone 631-444-0365, and at the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, P. Nicholas Garlick, Administrative Law Judge, telephone 518-402-9003.

A copy of 6 NYCRR part 624 may be obtained from the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, or from the Department's website at part 617 ("SEQR"); part 621 (Uniform Procedures); part 624 (Permit Hearings); and part 663 (Freshwater Wetlands).

James T. McClymonds
Chief Administrative Law Judge

Albany, New York
August 1, 2005

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