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ENB - Region 5 Notices 10/23/2013

Public Notice

Adirondack Park Agency Policy on the Use of the Herbicides Renovate® and Renovate® OTF

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is proposing Guidelines and Policy for use of the herbicide Renovate® and Renovate® OTF to manage Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive plant, in certain circumstances. The draft document can be obtained from the Adirondack Park Agency's website at: www.apa.ny.gov. Comments on the Guidelines and Policy will be accepted until November 7, 2013.

The Guidelines and Policy will effect all waters in the Adirondack Park. New York State Counties will include Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren and Washington.

Contact: Leigh Walrath, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050.

Negative Declaration

Saratoga County - The Town of Greenfield Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Skidmore College Planned Unit Development District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the establishment of a Planned Unit Development District (PUD) pursuant to Section 105-129 of the Town of Greenfield Zoning Law. The PUD would encompass approximately 120 acres of land (PUD site). Uses to be permitted in the PUD include (a) the uses currently permitted in the underlying Medium Density Residential 2 (MDR2) zoning district, (b) agriculture, (c) parking area and parking lot, (c) polo and polo-related activities, (d) public utility use, (e) recreational field use and (f) solar facility. The proposed PUD legislation includes, among other things, (a) specific height, lot coverage and front, side and rear yard setback requirements which supersede the requirements included for the underlying MDR2 zone, (b) noise monitoring requirements, (c) requirement for maintenance of a $25,000 bond or other financial security to ensure adequacy of the vegetative screening of the solar facility, (d) decommissioning plan for the solar facility, (e) prohibition on expansion of the solar facility without amendment of the PUD legislation, (f) requirements for an annual temporary special use permit for large events and (g) execution of a Development Agreement with the Town. The solar facility use is the only new permitted use specifically included in the PUD. Uses currently existing on the PUD Site include a baseball field with associated parking and polo practice fields. The solar panel array will be no larger than 8 acres in total size and shall not be expanded in the future. The area of the entire solar facility, including all access drives, paths, buildings and solar array(s), shall not exceed 8% of the entire PUD site of approximately 120 acres. After the solar panel array(s) are installed, only agricultural uses and the temporary "Large Events" provided for in Section XIX of the PUD would be allowed in addition to the uses existing at the time the PUD is enacted. No other uses (including any uses allowable within the MDR2 zoning district) or expansion of any existing uses would be allowed without modification and amendment of the PUD. The project is located on Denton Road extending northwest of its intersection with Bloomfield Road in the Town of Greenfield, New York.

Contact: Tonya Yasenchak, Town of Greenfield, P.O. Box 10, Greenfield Center, NY 12833, Phone: (518) 893-7432.

Fulton County - The Town of Ephratah Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Ephratah Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a new Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Ephratah.

It is envisioned that, in 2033, the Town of Ephratah will be a small, vibrant rural residential-based community. The Town will have grown and matured with an expanded population, new businesses, new housing and improvements to Town offices. The Town will feature a Town Center located along New York State Route 29 between NYS Route 10 heading south and NYS Route 10 heading north. Town Center will be a focal point of activity in the Town and will feature a mixture and variety of uses for residents and visitors alike including but not limited to:

  1. Gas Station
  2. Convenience Store
  3. Sandwich/Coffee Shop
  4. Farmers Market
  5. Boutique shops
  6. Town Hall
  7. Post Office
  8. Senior Housing
  9. Townhouses
  10. Walking Trail
  11. Other

Town Center will be a small, concentrated area of development that features buildings designed to provide a unique and distinctive character and theme. The development in Town Center will have expanded the Town's tax base and increased sales tax revenues which stabilized tax rates for property owners.

A new Town Hall will be provided by either renovating and expanding the existing Town Hall or developing a new Town Hall in Town Center. Spaces will be provided for:

  1. Town Offices
  2. Meeting Room
  3. Community Room
  4. Records Storage
  5. Senior Center
  6. Town Museum
  7. Primary Care Facility
  8. Book Exchange

The Town will feature a diversity of housing types that has both attracted young adults into the Town and helped retain senior citizens. The variety of housing types has strengthened the Town's reputation as a desirable place to live and raise a family. The Town's high quality of life has produced an influx of young residents that has increased enrollment at and strengthened the St. Johnsville-Oppenhein Ephratah School District. The Town's annual marketing and promotional program has been successful in "getting the word out" that the Town of Ephratah is a great place to live and do business.

Even though the Town's population will have grown and gotten younger from an influx of younger families, the Town will have been very successful in retaining its senior citizens through the development of senior housing. The Ephratah Senior Complex will be very popular and have a strong waiting list of people wanting to move in. The development of this facility will help senior citizens to remain and call Ephratah home.

The expansion of the Ephratah Recreational Complex will include walking trails, additional recreational facilities for children and on site restrooms to make this facility a popular venue with Town residents. An adventure-based, education/recreational facility will be providing team building workshops and activities to various groups in the Region.

The project is located in the Town of Ephratah, New York.

Contact: Todd Bradt, Town of Ephratah, 3782 State Highway 10, St. Johnsville, NY 13452, Phone: (518) 762-5688.

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