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ENB - Region 8 Notices 4/22/2009

Public Meeting Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public meeting on the Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan (UMP) on Wednesday May 6, 2009 in the Conference Room of the NYS DEC Office in Bath, New York. Two different style sessions will be held on May 6th. An informational open house will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Display stations will be set up and committee members will be available for discussion and comments. A half-hour presentation on the draft plan will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. Displays and staff will be available until 9:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to ask questions of staff and to submit written and oral comments on the Draft Plan. Those unable to attend the meetings may submit comments to the contact person by mail or by e-mail: r8.ump@dec.ny.gov by June 5, 2009. The draft UMP is available for review on the DEC public website at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/34963.html, at the main NYS DEC office in Avon, at the NYS DEC regional office in Bath, at the Taylor Memorial Library in Hammondsport and the Prattsburg Library in Prattsburg, NY. In an effort to conserve natural resources, it is recommended that the UMP be reviewed on line or by requesting a CD.

The Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for the multiple use of about 3,688 acres of State Forest land. Two State forests, Pigtail Hollow and Urbana make up the Keuka Highlands Unit. The Urbana State Forest is in the Towns of Pulteney, Urban and Wheeler and the Pigtail Hollow State Forest is in the Town Wheeler, located west of Keuka Lake. The Keuka Highlands UMP was prepared by a committee of NYS DEC Foresters and Wildlife and Public Affairs staff. The vision of the plan is to ensure the biological integrity and the improvement and protection of the Keuka Highlands Unit. This shall be done within the multiple use concept of management, which strives to serve the needs of the people of New York State by providing a broad based, biologically diverse ecosystem. The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, an inventory of the unit's resources, such as vegetative types and stages and fish, wildlife and habitat. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives along with policy considerations for managing the unit.

Negative Declaration

Monroe County - The Town of Henrietta Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed The Province will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of a 29.1 ± acre site located in the Industrial District as an apartment community (to be called the Province) for housing of undergraduate and graduate students of the nearby Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and other area colleges. The development will included 13 ± residential buildings, each being 3 stories. The development will include 336 ± residential units and 816 ± beds, comprised of a variety of unit sizes (including efficiency, one, two and four bedroom units). The project will also include a maintenance building, clubhouse building, which includes a fitness center, gathering rooms, pool and other amenities, and a mail structure. The project has been designed to address current needs for undergraduate and graduate student housing identified by RIT. The project is located on 13 parcels on the east side of John Street, south of Jefferson Road, north of and adjacent to Colony Manor Apartments, east of Park Point and Perkins Apartments in the neighborhood of RIT in the Town of Henrietta, New York.

Contact: Mark Byrne, Town of Henrietta, 475 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY 14467, Phone: (585) 359-7070.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Monroe County - The Penfield Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bay Towne Plaza Expansion Rezoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The public Scoping Document is available for review on the Town website: www.penfield.org. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2009 and may be submitted via mail, hand delivery, fax and E-mail to the contact person listed below. The action involves an application by DiMarco Brandt Point LLC requesting the Penfield Town Board to amend the Town Zoning Map to rezone two parcels currently zoned R-1-12 and Multiple Residential respectively to General Business to allow for the expansion of the existing Bay Towne commercial development. The project is located at 1994-B and 1994-C Empire Boulevard in Penfield, New York.

Contact: Katie Evans, Penfield Planning Board, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526, Phone: (585) 340-8682, Fax: (585) 340-8644, E-mail: planning@penfield.org.

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