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ENB - Region 3 Notices 5/23/2012

Public Notice

Public Meeting Notice

Amendment to the Neversink River Unique Area Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Region 3, Division of Lands Forests, will hold a public meeting on the proposed amendment to the Neversink River Unique Area Unit Management Plan (UMP) on Wednesday June 13 at 6:00 pm at the Forestburgh Town Hall, located at 332 King Road, Forestburgh, NY, to invite and accept public comment on the proposed amendment. The Town Hall is wheelchair accessible. The Town Hall phone number is (845) 794-0611. Please let us know of any other specific accommodations you may require by Wednesday, June 6th. The meeting will begin with an open house format, providing time for the public to informally discuss the proposed amendment and the planning process with NYS DEC forest management staff. The open house will be followed by a staff presentation and public comment session.

Written comments will be accepted until July 13, 2012. Those unable to attend the meeting are invited to submit comments to NYS DEC by mail to: Matt Paul, NYS DEC - Region 3 New Paltz Regional Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, or by E-mail to: r3.ump@dec.ny.gov.

The proposed amendment is posted on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22616.html. Please contact us at: (845) 256-3018 to request a hard copy.

The Neversink River Unit Management Plan was developed to address both short and long term land management needs, values and opportunities. The plan provides a framework to address the past, present and future conservation of forest ecosystems, wildlife habitat and recreational trails. During development of the draft plan, the NYS DEC invited public participation and assessed the natural, physical, social and recreational resources of the unit. NYS DEC is initiating an amendment process to address issues that have arisen since the plan's adoption in 1997.

The Neversink River Unique Area Management Unit is located in the incorporated Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson in Sullivan County, in southeast New York State. This management unit consists of the 4,881 acre Neversink River Unique Area, sometimes called the Neversink Gorge, and the 585-acre Wolf Brook Multiple Area.

Contact: Matthew Paul , NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3074, E-mail: r3.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Westchester County - The Town of Cortlandt Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hanover Estates may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on June 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567. A hard copy of the scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available at the following location during regular working hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, in the Planning Division Office of the Department of Technical Services, Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, New York. The scope is also available at the following publicly accessible web site: www.townofcortlandt.com.

The action involves an application (PB 1-11) submitted by Croton Realty and Development Inc. for Preliminary Plat Approval and for Wetland, Steep Slope and Tree Removal Permits for a 26 lot major subdivision (25 building lots and 1 conservation parcel) of a 35.9 acre parcel of land. The project is located on Croton Avenue, approximately 400 feet north of Furnace Dock Road, Town of Cortlandt, New York.

Contact: Chris Kehoe, Town of Cortlandt, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567, Phone: 914-734-1080, E-mail: chrisk@townofcortlandt.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Westchester County - The White Plains Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed German School of New York (GSNY). A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 19, 2012 and on June 26, 2012 both at 7:00 p.m. at the Common Council Chambers, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 255 Main Street, White Plains, New York 10601. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until July 6, 2012. The Draft EIS is available from the White Plains Planning Department, City Hall, 255 Main Street, White Plains, New York 10601 and on line at: http://www.ci.white-plains.ny.us/.

The action involves an amendment to the Special Permit for the existing GSNY Private Elementary and Secondary School to incrementally increase student enrollment from 375 to 500 students and the subdivision of the adjacent property at containing approximately 192,200 square feet to create 5 new lots including, 4 lots for single family residences on a private cul-de-sac roadway and one lot to be developed with 62 parking spaces and drop-off area accessory to GSNY. The project is located near the intersection of Ridgeway and North Street (State Route 127) White Plains, New York and includes two adjacent land parcels at 50 Partridge Road and 800 North Street.

Contact: Rod Johnson, City of White Plains, 255 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 422-1252, E-mail: rjohnson@whiteplainsny.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS (Addendum)

Dutchess County - The Town of Pawling Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption of Town of Pawling Comprehensive Plan Update (CPU) and Zoning Amendments. The Final GEIS is available from the Town of Pawling Town Hall, the Pawling Free Library and on line at: http://www.pawling.org/Pages/index.

The action involves the Adoption of the Comprehensive Plan Update (CPU) and proposed zoning amendments to the use and bulk tables for the Hamlet (HA), Highway Business (HB) and Industry (I) zoning districts. No land development is proposed in this action. Changes to the uses and bulk requirements in the HA (Hamlet - 1/2 acre); HB (Highway Business - 1 acre); and I (Industry - 1 acre) zoning districts are planned. No changes to density are proposed. All Zoning District boundaries will remain as they are currently configured. The CPU objectives include review of land development regulations and open space inventory with strategies to identify gaps; need for links in; and more effective protection of natural, agricultural and open space resources and community character. The Town's zoning and land use regulations will also be evaluated to balance the complement of residential and non-residential uses permitted; and flexibility and usefulness for encouraging desired uses, needed housing and better design. The CPU objectives include a historic inventory; community mapping; and examination of local laws regarding effective recognition and protection of these resources. The CPU objectives include evaluation of Critical Environmental Areas (CEA) and Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA) regulation and monitoring; and making linkages with other protected resources. The project is located throughout the Town of Pawling, New York.

Contact: David Kelly, Town of Pawling, Town Hall, 160 Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling, NY 12564, Phone: (845) 855-4464.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Water For The Future Program: Delaware Aqueduct Rondout-West Branch Tunnel Repair. The Final EIS is available on line at: www.nyc.gov/dep.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to design, construct, and place into operation a three-mile bypass tunnel in the vicinity of the Hudson River to address existing leaks in the Rondout West Branch Tunnel (RWBT) portion of the Delaware Aqueduct. In addition, NYC DEP will repair leaks in Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York.

The three-mile bypass tunnel will run east from the Town of Newburgh in Orange County, under the Hudson River to the Town of Wappinger in Dutchess County, on the east side of the Hudson. During the connection of the bypass tunnel, known leaks in Wawarsing would be repaired from within the tunnel and a full inspection of the RWBT would be conducted. A shutdown of the Delaware Aqueduct would also require NYC DEP to implement a number of additional projects to supplement its water supply sources, and to ready the water supply system for the effects of the shutdown period.

Construction of the bypass tunnel and shaft sites would begin with construction of the bypass shafts, which would start in 2013 and be complete in 2016. Construction of the bypass tunnel would begin in 2015 and be complete in 2019. When the new bypass tunnel is complete and the additional projects to support the connection phase are in place, the existing tunnel would be taken out of service and excavation would begin to connect the new bypass tunnel to the existing tunnel and repairs in Wawarsing would commence. It is anticipated that 6 to 15 months would be needed to complete the bypass connection and to undertake the inspection and repair of the RWBT.

The project is located in Ulster County, Orange County, and Dutchess County, New York.

Contact: Jennifer Farmwald, NYC DEP, 9-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-3287, E-mail: jfarmwald@dep.nyc.gov.

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