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ENB - Region 3 Notices 11/13/2013

Negative Declaration

Orange County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Stewart Airport Runway Incursion Mitigation Phase 1B will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction/extension of a 30 foot wide Restricted Vehicle Service Road (RVSR) from the North East Fuel Farm located on the north side of the airfield to the vicinity of Taxiway L situated near the end of the existing perimeter road. This road will eliminate the necessity of fuel trucks and other vehicles having to cross or drive along active runways to access the fuel farm and taxiway aprons where aircraft require refueling, thereby removing conflicts with aircraft movements and improving public safety. The project will also reconnect the Cargo Road with Route 17K and designate it as a landside access through road. The total project area encompasses twenty acres of soil disturbance, which includes full depth asphalt base and sub-base removal, gravel pavement removal, new road alignment, paving and grading. The entire work is within the Airport property/facility and mainly will occur in areas that are regularly mowed as part of airport operations or existing roadway. Road construction will result in approximately 100,195 square feet (2.3 acres) of disturbance to 100 foot adjacent area of NYS Freshwater Wetland NB-27 (class 2) and 2,600 square feet (.06 acre) of permanent fill within the wetland proper. A single roadway crossing of an unnamed Class C tributary (H-89-12-P234-1) of Ramsdell Lake (Beaver Dam Lake) will be accomplished by installation of a span structure, thereby avoiding any disturbance to the stream. Enhancement of 0.12 acres of on-site wetlands will be provided as mitigation for unavoidable wetland impacts. The project is located on the north side of SWF airport off Cargo Road, this is located off 17K near I84 junction off of Governor Drive in the Towns of New Windsor and Newburgh, New York.

Contact: James J Eldred, NYS DEC - Region 3 Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845)256-3054, E-mail: dep.r3@dec.ny.gov.

Notice of Completion and Acceptance of Final EIS and Public Hearing

Ulster County - The Town of New Paltz Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Park Point New Paltz Housing Project. A public hearing on the Final EIS will be held on November 25, 2013 and will be continued on December 9, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall, One Veterans Drive, Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comment on the Final EIS from the public and involved/interested agencies, particularly with respect to updated information and analysis provided in the following sections of the Final EIS: A. Soils, pesticide impacts and soil remediation actions; E. Groundwater, proposed water supply; and K. Community Services, fiscal impact analysis and PILOT. Written comments will be accepted by the Lead Agency contact person until December 23, 2013 or 10 business days following close of the public hearing, whichever is later. The comment period may be extended at the discretion of the Planning Board. The Final EIS, Draft EIS and supporting appendices are available at the Town Building Department, Elting Library, and Sojourner Truth Library, and online at the Town of New Paltz website at: http://newpaltzny.vt-s.net/planning-board.

The action involves a proposal from Wilmorite Inc. to construct a residential housing project on 50 acres of land to be leased from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, located immediately south of the SUNY New Paltz campus in the Residential-Variable (R-V) and Residential (R-1) Zoning Districts. The proposed project includes 13 residential buildings, with 228 residential units providing 696 bedrooms to be leased to students enrolled at SUNY New Paltz and 24 units for faculty and employee housing. It also includes a clubhouse; maintenance areas in two buildings; parking areas; storm water management facilities; recreation areas; internal roads; and water and sewer utilities. Access will be provided by a primary and secondary access drives on Route 32 and a driveway connecting directly to the SUNY campus. The applicant proposes to construct a sewage treatment plant on the site, and install a well field and water treatment and storage facilities on lands located on the east side of Route 32. A back up Town water district will include only the project site in the R-V Zoning District.

In addition to approval of the site plan and a subdivision lot line change by the Planning Board, the project requires three area variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Board action on a back up Town water district, and other permits from federal, state and local agencies for parts of the proposed action, as set forth within the FEIS. The project site includes land in an Ulster County Agriculture District that is no longer in agricultural production.

The project is located on Route 32 South in the Town of New Paltz, New York.

Contact: Michael Calimano, Town of New Paltz, Town Hall, Route 32, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone (845) 255-0102.

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