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ENB - Region 3 Notices

Public Notice


Notice of Completion of an Unit Management Plan Amendment

County: Ulster

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Operations, Bureau of Recreation

Project Title: Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan amendment to authorize the construction of an Adaptive Ski Program building.

Contact Person: Douglas Bernhard
General Manager Forest Parks
NYS DEC
Bureau of Recreation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-5253
Phone: (518) 402-9060

Project Location: Town of Shandaken, Ulster County

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announces the completion of a Unit Management Plan Amendment for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. The amendment authorizes the construction of a new 1,000 square foot, one story building at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center to house the adaptive skiing program. This building will service up to 10 guests at a time and will include a unisex accessible bathroom with partitions for storage and dressing areas. It is designed to be compatible in architectural style, color, and materials with the nearby Longhouse and Overlook Lodges. The building will be located adjacent to the summit of Lifts #1 & 2, with parking available in the maintenance garage lot and access to the novice ski slopes right from the building.

The Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan (UMP) was adopted in May, 1998. The UMP provides information on the environmental setting, inventory of facilities, organizational structure, issues, constraints, management objectives, and effects.

The Belleayre Mountain Ski Center/Intensive Use Area is located off State Route 28, Highmount, Town of Shandaken, Ulster County, NY.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Ulster County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Belleayre Mountain Modified Project and Unit Management Plan (UMP) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Draft scoping materials are available on-line at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html, or from the contact person listed at the end of this notice. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted January 7, 2008. A public information meeting on the integrated project plan will be held on Monday, December 10, 2007, between 6 and 9pm, at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort, in the Discovery Lodge conference space. Representatives of DEC and the project sponsors will present descriptions of the proposed activities, and copies of the draft scope will be available to attendees. A scoping meeting to receive comments on the draft scope for the SDEIS will then be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, between 6 and 10pm, also at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort, in the Discovery Lodge conference space. Oral comments will be received but interested individuals and entities are encouraged to provide detailed or extensive comments in writing, by mail, or by e-mail to wildacre@gw.dec.state.ny.us (be sure the subject line includes the phrase "Scoping").

The action involves the construction and operation of the Wildacres Resort and Highmount Spa Resort complex by Crossroads Ventures LLC; expansion of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center by NYS DEC, including ski-in-ski-out public access to the proposed Highmount Spa Resort; acquisition by NYS DEC on behalf of the People of the State of New York of a 1200 acre +/- parcel referred to as Big Indian; and acquisition by NYS DEC on behalf of the People of the State of New York of a 78 acre +/- parcel referred to as the Former Highmount Ski Center and related 21 acre +/- Highmount Spa Easement.

The project is located in the Towns of Shandaken (Ulster County) and Middletown (Delaware County), within the boundaries of the State of New York's (NYS) Catskill Park and also within City of New York's Catskill and Delaware Watershed. The project site is south of NYS Route 28, generally between the Village of Fleischmanns and the hamlet of Big Indian, New York.

Contact: Daniel Whitehead, NYS DEC, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167.



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