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ENB - Region 5 Notices 4/22/2009

Public Meeting Notice

Sable Highlands Interim Recreation Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public meeting on the Sable Highlands Interim Recreation Management Plan (IRMP) on Wednesday May 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm in the Town of Saranac Municipal Building which is located at 3662 State Route 3 in Saranac, New York.
A half-hour presentation on the Interim Recreation Management Plan will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. Following the question and answer period NYS DEC staff will be available for discussion and to accept public comments until 8:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to ask questions of staff and to submit written and oral comments on the IRMP. Those unable to attend the meetings may submit comments to the contact person listed below or by e-mail to: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov. The draft IRMP is available for review on the NYS DEC public web site at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/53931.html, at the NYS DEC Region 5 office in Ray Brook and at town municipal buildings in the Towns of Franklin and Bellmont, Franklin County and the Towns of Ellenburg and Saranac, Clinton County. In an effort to conserve natural resources, it is recommended that the UMP be reviewed by requesting a CD from the address furnished below. Public comments will be accepted until June 1, 2009.

The Sable Highlands IRMP is a multiple year plan for the public's use of, and access to, approximately 28,000 acres of working forest conservation easement lands that will be opened to public recreation under the conservation easement agreement. The IRMP was prepared by NYS DEC staff in consultation with the landowner and a variety of stakeholder groups including town and local government, snowmobile and ATV clubs, sportsmen, hikers and CW private lease club members. The intent of the plan is to designate and provide public recreation opportunities and amenities while ensuring that public use does not have a significant detrimental effect on the natural resources and communities present on the property. The construction of amenities and opening of public access described in the IRMP is subject to the terms of the conservation easement document. The IRMP includes general information on the easement property, its natural resource and cultural components, discussion about public use administration and management on the property and specific proposed projects to be implemented on the thirteen public use areas (PUAs) which have been designated as open for public use.

Sable Highlands are located on working forest conservation easement lands owned by Chateaugay Woodlands LLC (CW), and encumbered by a conservation easement owned by the People of the State of New York. The affected Chateaugay Woodlands properties are located in the Towns of Bellmont and Franklin, Franklin County and the Towns of Ellenburg and Saranac, Clinton County, New York.

Contact: Sean Reynolds, NYS DEC - Region 5 Office, 1115 State Route 86, Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 897-1291.


Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Essex

Applicant: Kathleen Kinstel and Mark Devito

Contact Person for Project: Andrew Chary, Architect, P.L.L.C.
2453 Main Street, Suite 5
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-5727

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Susan Parker

Project Number: 2007-293

Project Title: Kathleen Kinstel and Mark Devito

Location: Chipmunk Lake and Lake Placid, Town of North Elba, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: May 7, 2009

Project Description: The action involves construction of a single family dwelling and boathouse on a 0.65 acre parcel with shoreline on Lake Placid. The dwelling is a replacement and expansion of an existing dwelling. The project is jurisdictional pursuant to the terms and conditions of Adirondack Park Agency Permit 78-251 which authorized the subdivision in which this property is located.


County: Hamilton

Applicant: Brandeth Park Association

Contact Person For Project: Brandreth Park Association
c/o Vincent McClelland
The LA Group
Box 791
Keene Valley, NY 12943

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: John L. Quinn

Project Number: 2007-117

Project Title: Brandeth Park Association

Location: Brandreth Lake in the Town of Long Lake, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: May 7, 2009

Project Description: The action involves residential development by Brandreth Park property owners to be undertaken in sections as part of a master plan over the next 100 ± years. Development is to be clustered within a 442 acre area at the northern end of Brandreth Lake in the vicinity of a complex of 42 existing single family dwellings. The applicant seeks final Agency approval for the first project section which will include a subdivision into sites by construction of 43 single family dwellings to occur at a projected rate of 1 to 2 dwellings per year. Subsequent project sections for which separate final Agency approval will be sought will involve up to an additional 58 principal buildings to include single family dwellings, a caretaker's residence, a "gathering house" and five commonly owned guesthouses and up to four boathouses. While all existing development and much of the planned future development is located within a Low Intensity Use area, some development will extend into and involve a total of approximately 125 acres of an adjoining Resource Management area. No new land use or development is planned for the remaining 8,230 ± acres or 95% of Brandreth Park which is to remain as open space forestland.


Negative Declaration

Clinton County - The Town Board of the Town of AuSable, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Town of AuSable Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of the Town of AuSable Comprehensive Plan in accordance with Section 272-a of the Town Law. The Plan includes statements of goals and objectives for the future growth of the Town. Included in the Plan are demographic statistics, analysis of land uses, public opinion information and recommendations for the Town to use and /or adopt in order to reach the aforementioned goals and objectives. The Plan will effect the entire acreage located within the municipal boundary of the Town of AuSable, New York.

Contact: Sandra Senecal, Town of AuSable, 111 AuSable Street, Keeseville, NY 12944, Phone: (518) 834-9052.


Clinton County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Christon Sand Mine Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Joseph Ormsby, for a 10 acre expansion of an existing 6.5 acre sand pit for a 16.5 acre Total Life of Mine Area on a 82.4 acre parcel of land owned by John and Marion Christon. The reclamation objective is for soil stabilization and the establishment of grass cover. The project is located west of Shingle Street near Christon Road in the Town of Schuyler Falls, New York.

Contact: Michael J. McMurray, NYS DEC - Region 5 Office, 1115 Route 86, Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296, Phone: (518) 897-1234, E-mail: dep.r5@dec.ny.gov.


Saratoga County - The City of Saratoga Springs City Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendments to the Saratoga Hospital Planned Unit Development (PUD) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a site plan review of the acquistition of additional property, construction of additional parking and the addition of an existing hospital parcel to the PUD Zone A. The project is located at Church Street and Myrtle Street in the City of Saratoga Springs, New York.

Contact: Scott J. Johnson, City of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs City Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Phone: (518) 587-3550.


Warren County - The Queensbury Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment of Town Zoning Code - Repeal and Replacement of Existing Chapter 179, "Zoning," of the Town Code will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of amendments to the Town's Zoning Code by repealing and replacing existing Chapter 179, "Zoning" of the Town Code. The project is located townwide in the Town of Queensbury, New York.

Contact: Daniel G. Stec, Town of Queensbury, 742 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804, Phone: (518) 761-8200.



Washington County - The Village of Granville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Village of Granville - Treatment Facility and Distribution System Improvements Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves improvements to the Village distribution infrastructure and construction of a new treatment facility to bring the system into compliance with New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) Treatment Requirements. System improvements are summarized as follows:

• Installation of four (4) new groundwater production wells and accompanying manifold system. The existing production wells and manifolds are in excess of thirty years old and experience frequent mechanical failure.

• Construction of a new water treatment facility. The new treatment facility will be designed to treat the future projected maximum day demand as well as comply with NYS DOH Surface Water Treatment Requirements (SWTR).

• Installation of approximately 5,800 lineal feet of new water mains to provide improved fire flows and pressures to Village residents as well as provide service to the Village Fairgrounds. The majority of these mains will replace small diameter mains in excess of seventy (70) years of age.

• Distribution system improvements will also include installation of approximately 500 lineal feet of directionally drilled water mains.

The project is located in the Village of Granville, New York.

Contact: Milan H. Jackson, Lamont Engineers, 548 Main Street, Cobleskill, NY 12043, Phone: (518) 234-4028, E-mail: mjackson@lamontengineers.com.


Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed General Permit 2009G-1 Installation of Certain New Small-Scale Wind Turbines will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed general permit would authorize the installation of certain sized new small-scale wind turbines and wind-monitoring masts for residential and small business use where such structures are of a design, size, location and color to blend with background vegetation, other landscape features or existing structures so as to be "substantially invisible" consistent with the APA's "Policy on Agency Review of Proposals for New Telecommunications Towers and Other Tall Structures in the Adirondack Park" (Towers Policy).

This general permit does not apply to projects that involve any other proposed APA-jurisdictional activities requiring APA approval or to projects intended to be located within certain critical environmental areas or to commercial wind farms.

These projects would be jurisdictional as Class A regional projects identified in §810 of the Adirondack Park Agency Act as a "structure in excess of forty feet in height".

In order to utilize the general permit, the Project Sponsor(s) must submit to APA a completed and signed application with all required attachments. APA staff will review the application for completeness, conduct a preliminary visual impact assessment and a site visit, and determine if the proposed project meets the terms and conditions of the general permit. The APA's Deputy Director (Regulatory Programs) would determine whether the project as proposed adequately conforms to certain eligibility and approval criteria and, if so, would issue a Certification authorizing the project with certain terms and conditions. If the required legal findings could not be made, then an individual major permit application will be required. The Certification would need to be recorded by the Project Sponsor in the County Clerk's Office.

If approved by the APA Board, this general permit would be in effect for five years from the date of issuance unless otherwise revoked or modified by the APA.

Full copies of the proposed general permit, application and certification forms can be found on the APA website: www.apa.state.ny.us

For Adirondack Park Agency the comment periond ends on May 22, 2009. The general permit will be effect in all or portions of the following within the Adirondack Park Blue Line: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, New York.

Contact: Mark E. Sengenberger, APA, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050.


Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed General Permit 2009G-2 Structural Stabilization of Shorelines as Watershed Management Projects or Involving Wetlands will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed general permit would authorize the placement of vegetated rip rap, vegetated gabion walls or mattresses, vegetated cribbing or vegetated slope-toe boulders (also generally referred to as shoreline stabilization structures) along the shorelines of navigable water bodies throughout the Adirondack Park to protect them from and to prevent erosion, to prevent slumping, subsidence, and other mass wasting events, and to restore them to natural stable conditions as described herein. This authorization shall be given only after the project sponsor has demonstrated that other non-structural methods of shoreline stabilization will be ineffective.

The projects would be jurisdictional to the APA as a "watershed management project" [EL Article 27 §802(67)] which requires a permit from the Adirondack Park Agency, unless a permit is required from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, or if the project involves wetlands and is a "regulated activity" [9 NYCRR §578.3(n)(1)].

In order to utilize the general permit, the Project Sponsor(s) must submit to the APA a completed and signed "Application and Certification" form with all required attachments. APA staff will review the application for completeness, conduct a site visit if determined by APA staff to be necessary, and determine if the proposed project meets the terms and conditions of this general permit. If approvable, an authorized APA Representative will sign the combined Application and Certification form and return it to the applicant by certified mail. The Certification will be issued with conditions and would need to be recorded by the Project Sponsor in the County Clerk's Office.

If approved by the APA Board, this general permit would be in effect for five years from the date of issuance unless otherwise revoked or modified by the APA.

Full copies of the proposed general permit and application/certification forms can be found on the APA website: www.apa.state.ny.us

For Adirondack Park Agency the comment periond ends on May 22, 2009. The general permit will be effect in all or portions of the following within the Adirondack Park Blue Line: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, New York.

Contact: Mark E. Sengenberger, APA, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050.


Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed General Permit 2009G-3 Residential Subdivisions Involving Regulated Wetlands will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. This general permit allows for an expedited review process to authorize a residential subdivision involving a regulated wetland activity as defined in Sections 570.3(o) and 578.3(n)(3) of APA regulations. For subdivision, a regulated activity includes any proposed lot which contains wetlands (including the parcel proposed for the subdivision road) and any proposed lot adjoining such wetland lot, and all land use and development related to such lots.

In order to utilize the general permit, the Project Sponsor(s) must submit to APA a completed and signed application with all required attachments. In order to be eligible for a Certification issued pursuant to this general permit, all of the following requirements and criteria must be met. The burden is on the project sponsor to demonstrate compliance with this section.

(1) In accord with the application requirements, a subdivision map must be submitted;

(2) All proposed development (except driveways and roads) will occur more than 100 feet from the wetland boundary and on natural slopes less than 15% as demonstrated by appropriate site plans; and

(3) All subdivision roads and driveways must be located at least 50 feet from the wetland and on natural slopes less than 15%; and

(4) All non-wetland areas of each lot must be able to be reached by an access road which does not require a wetland crossing and which will not cause adverse wetland impacts, unless such non-wetland areas are designated on the map and by deed covenant to be non-development areas; and

(5) If any proposed lot contains a lawfully existing principal building(s), the lot(s) must meet this criteria: the onsite water supply and waste water treatment systems for the principal building must be located on the proposed lot containing that principal building and there must be identified on that lot an adequate replacement site for the on-site wastewater treatment system which site is located at least 100 feet from the wetland and 100 feet from all existing potable water supplies; and

(6) A detailed site plan and technical information regarding on site waste water treatments systems and water supply must be provided, as specified in the required application.

(7) All permanent structures must be setback at least 20 feet from any property line.

Based on a review of the application materials and a site visit by APA staff, the APA's Deputy Director (Regulatory Programs) would determine whether the project as proposed adequately conforms to certain eligibility and approval criteria and, if so, will issue an individual Certification. The Deputy Director will have the authority to deny the Certification if the required legal findings cannot be made. In such case, an individual major permit application will be required. The Certification will be issued with conditions and would need to be recorded by the Project Sponsor in the County Clerk's Office.

If approved by the APA Board, this general permit would be in effect for five years from the date of issuance unless otherwise revoked or modified by APA.

Full copies of the proposed general permit, application and certification forms can be found on the APA website: www.apa.state.ny.us.

For Adirondack Park Agency the comment periond ends on May 22, 2009. The general permit will be effect in all or portions of the following within the Adirondack Park Blue Line: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, New York.

Contact: Mark E. Sengenberger, APA, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050.




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