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ENB - Region 7 Notices 3/30/2011

Public Meeting Notice

Release of the Rapid Waters Draft Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Region 7, Division of Lands Forests, will hold a public meeting on the Rapid Waters Unit Management Plan (UMP), Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Candor High School Auditorium, located at 1 Academy Street, Candor, New York, to invite and accept public comment on the Draft Rapid Waters UMP.
The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know of any other specific accommodations you may require by Thursday, April 7th.

The meeting will begin with an open house format at 6:30 p.m., providing time for the public to informally discuss the draft plan and the planning process with NYS DEC forest management staff. Beginning at 7:05 p.m., NYS DEC forest management staff will present highlights of the draft plan. The presentation will be followed by a public comment session from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Those unable to attend the meeting are invited to submit comments to NYS DEC by mail to: John Clancy, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090 or by E-mail to: jmclancy@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written comments will be accepted until May 14, 2011.

Directions to the Candor High School are available at the following link: http://www.candor.org/contacts/directions.html. The draft plan is posted on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/72384.html. A limited number of copies of the plan are available on compact disk (CD). Please contact the NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests office at: (607) 753-3095 ext. 217 to request a copy.

The Rapid Waters Draft Unit Management Plan was developed to address both short and long term land management needs, values and opportunities. The draft plan provides a framework to address the past, present and future conservation of forest ecosystems, wildlife habitat and recreational trails. It also addresses issues related to exploration and development of oil and natural gas resources within the unit's State Forests. During development of the draft plan, the NYS DEC invited public participation and assessed the natural, physical, social and recreational resources of the unit's State Forests. Information obtained and reviewed through the planning process helped build a solid foundation for the development of goals, objectives and management actions. The goals of the unit are: provide a healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse forest; provide forest based recreational opportunities; provide economic benefits to local communities (and to the State of New York) and provide sound stewardship.

The Danby State Forest is in the Towns of Candor, Danby and Spencer in Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins Counties and the Shindagin Hollow State Forest is in the Towns of Candor and Caroline in Tioga and Tompkins Counties. The Rapid Waters Management Unit is located about eight miles southeast of the City of Ithaca, 20 miles southwest of Cortland, and about 25 miles northwest of the Triple Cities of Endicott, Binghamton, and Johnson City.

The Unit includes two State Forests encompassing 12,603 acres and lies within the Appalachian Plateau-Central Appalachian ecozone and in the Cayuga Inlet, Catatonk Creek and Owego Creek sub-watersheds. Most of the Unit drains into the Upper Susquehanna watershed of the greater Susquehanna River Basin. However, a small part of the Unit drains to the north into the Lake Ontario Basin. Elevation ranges from 1,200 to 1,800 feet above mean sea level. Not surprisingly, the lowest elevations are found along streams in valleys and hollows. The highest elevations are Bald Mountain on Shindagin Hollow State Forest (nearly 1,900 feet) and Thatcher's Pinnacle on Danby State Forest (nearly 1,750 feet).

Contact: John Clancy, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub -Office, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, Phone: (607) 753-3095 ext. 217

Negative Declaration

Oswego County - The Town of New Haven, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water District #5 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of 19,500 feet of 8 inch water main. All main work will be in the road right-of-way. The project is located along County Route 51 and Darrow Road and a small section of State Route 104B in the Town of New Haven, New York.

Contact: Russell Sturtz, Town of New Haven, 4279 State Route 104, P.O. Box 141, Oswego, NY 13121, Phone: (315) 963-3900, E-mail: clerk@newhavenny.com.

Tioga County - The Owego Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local law #1 of 2011 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the changing of zoning of a 58.96 acre parcel on Lisle Road from Residential B "RB" to Agricultural "AG" and amending the zoning map. The project is located 1562 Lisle Road in the Town of Owego, New York.

Contact: Debra Standinger, Town of Owego, 2354 State Route 434, Apalachin, NY 13732, Phone: (607) 687-0123, E-mail: dstandinger@townofowego.com.

Notice of Acceptance of a Revised Final EIS

Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Holochuck Homes. A hard copy of the Revised Final EIS is available at the following locations: Town of Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY14850 and the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. The online version of the Revised Final EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: www.town.ithaca.ny.us.

The Town of Ithaca Planning Board accepted the original Final EIS for the Holochuck Homes project on February 1, 2011, and filed the Final EIS on February 9, 2011. The Final EIS for the project was re-opened because the Town of Ithaca Planning Board received new information at a special meeting on March 8, 2011 (scheduled for consideration of adoption of Findings and preliminary subdivision approval) that was considered material to the traffic analysis conducted for the project. The Town of Ithaca Planning Board and applicant consented to re-opening the Final EIS so specific information relative only to the traffic information that required correction could be corrected. The Revised Final EIS therefore only contains the revised traffic analysis data sheets, tables and text that the lead agency reviewed and accepted on March 15, 2011.

The action involves the construction of 106 ± town home type units in a clustered neighborhood development with two entrances proposed from NYS Route 96 (Trumansburg Road). The development will be concentrated on the west side of the property closest to NYS Route 96, zoned Low and Medium Residential, with more than half of the eastern portion of the property, mainly zoned Conservation, remaining undeveloped. Most of the eastern portion of the property will be transferred to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation as permanent open space, in conjunction with development of the future Black Diamond Trail. The project is located between NYS Route 96 (Trumansburg Road) and NYS Route 89 (Taughannock Boulevard) in the Town of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Christine Balestra, Town of Ithaca, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 273-1747, E-mail: cbalestra@town.ithaca.ny.us.

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