ENB - Region 3 Notices 11/20/2013
Notice of Public Comment Period for the Shawangunk Ridge Draft Unit Management Plan
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hosted a public meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2013 to discuss the Draft Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan (UMP). Public comments on the proposed plan are being accepted until December 15, 2013.
The draft UMP focuses on developing recreational access to forest lands, increasing public awareness of outdoor opportunities on the Shawangunk Ridge, and ensuring sustainable forest management. Under the Unit Management Plan (UMP), NYS DEC would manage these state forest lands to promote a healthy ecosystem, enhance landscape biodiversity, protect soil productivity and water quality, and provide additional recreational opportunities in the region.
The Shawangunk Ridge UMP consists of 10 different NYS DEC properties totaling more than 6,000 acres along the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties. This UMP addresses the use, history, inventory of resources, budget, and management actions on each of the properties. The properties include the Huckleberry Ridge, Graham Mountain, Wurtsboro Ridge, Roosa Gap and Shawangunk Ridge State Forests, Witch's Hole Multiple Use Area, Shawangunk Multiple Use Area and three detached parcels of Forest Preserve lands. The draft plan includes increased public access with the proposed construction of 17 new parking areas capable of holding 91 vehicles, 16 facility identification signs, and 12 kiosks. Currently, the properties include two parking lots, two facility identification signs and one kiosk.
The Shawangunk Ridge UMP consists of 10 different NYS DEC state forest properties totaling over 6,000 acres along the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster, Sullivan and Orange Counties. The properties include Huckleberry Ridge State Forest, Graham Mountain State Forest, Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest, Roosa Gap State Forest, Shawangunk Ridge State Forest, Witch's Hole Multiple Use Area, Shawangunk Multiple Use Area, and 3 detached parcels of Forest Preserve. The 10 properties are located in the Towns of Deerpark, Greenville, Mount Hope, Mamakating, Shawangunk, Wawarsing, and Gardiner, New York.
You may submit comments to the NYS DEC at the following address: NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, Division of Lands and Forests, Attention: Matt Paul, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 or E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments will be accepted until December 15, 2013.
The draft Shawangunk Ridge UMP was developed in accordance with NYS DEC's Strategic Plan for State Forest Management, which can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/64567.html.
The draft Shawangunk Ridge UMP is available on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/93937.html. Hard copies of the plan are also available for public review at the following locations:
- Ellenville Public Library, 40 Center Street, Ellenville, NY
- Port Jervis Public Library, 138 Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY
- New Paltz Public Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
- NYS DEC- Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY
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: email@example.com.
Orange County - The Town of Warwick Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a Subdivision of approximately 48.6 acres of land within the Town of Warwick Office and Industrial Park (OI) Zoning District for 10 commercial lots that range in size from 2.56 acres to 6.25 acres, and Site Plan and Special Use permit approval for all 10 subdivided lots. Access to the subdivided lots will be provided by a proposed 30 foot wide, 2,600 foot long roadway that begins at State School Road and terminates in a cul-de-sac to be constructed by the Project Sponsor. Stormwater management facilities will be owned and maintained by the Town of Warwick. The subdivided lots are proposed to be sold to business entities, which will be responsible for securing building permits, and any other necessary approvals, for the construction of any and all improvements on each individual lot. The Negative Declaration establishes a series of thresholds to guide future development of the site; the Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation may seek New York State Certification of the subdivision as a "Shovel Ready Site" by Empire State Development. Businesses that locate within the subdivision and that do not exceed the thresholds established in the Negative Declaration are eligible to receive expedited Building Permit approvals without the necessity of receiving Site Plan and Special Use permit approvals from the Planning Board. The project is located at the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility on State School Road in the Town of Warwick, New York.
Contact: Connie Sardo, Town of Warwick, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY 10990, Phone: (845) 986-1127, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sullivan County - The Town of Neversink, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Neversink Ballfields Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of a 16.7 acre parcel to include site grading and construction of four (4) little league basefields, gravel parking lot for approximately 100 cars, concession and bath buildings, maintenance sheds, fencing, backstops, drainage system and stormwater management facilities. An existing single family house, garage and above ground pool on portion of property to be demolished and removed. The project is located on Route 42 in Grahamsville, Town of Neversink, New York.
Contact: Mark McCarthy, Town of Neversink, PO Box 307, 273 Main Street, Grahamsville, NY 12740, Phone: (845) 985-2262.
Ulster County - The Town of Lloyd Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Lloyd Comprehensive Plan Update will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of the Town of Lloyd Updated Comprehensive Plan of 2013 (Updated Plan). The Town of Lloyd adopted the previous Comprehensive Plan in 2005.
The Updated Plan sets forth a series of land use policies and goals which were designed to be responsive to public comment in light of the most current and relevant socioeconomic statistics, existing land uses in the Town, sensitive environmental features, the presence of scenic areas, open space and recreation areas, and traffic and transportation patterns. In sum, the Updated Plan addresses existing and projected future commercial development in the Town in a manner which will avoid impacts to the environment and have a beneficial effect on the character of the Town, particularly its agricultural heritage, community character, and scenic resource. The project is located throughout the Town of Lloyd, New York.
Contact: Rosalie Peplow, Town of Lloyd, 12 Church Street, Highland, NY 12528, Phone: (845) 691-8011.
Ulster County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Birch Sand & Gravel Pit, Mining Modification Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the permittee to expand the approved life of mine boundary area by 10.4 acres. The site is currently permitted to mine a maximum of 11.9 acres of an 11.9 acre total approved life of mine boundary area, which is situated on 176 acres controlled by the permittee The project is located on Birch Road, approximately 2,000 feet west of the intersection with State Route 208 in the Town of Shawangunk, New York.
Contact: Rebecca S Crist, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845)256-3054, E-mail: email@example.com
Westchester County - The City of Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the South Fourth Avenue - East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan and Zoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves a proposal by the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency for the adoption of the South Fourth Avenue - East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan and the enactment of the rezoning legislation to implement a master plan mixed use in-fill redevelopment of an area previously determined to be blighted by the City Council (October 24, 2012). The Urban Renewal Plan proposes mixed income ownership and rental housing with ground floor retail / commercial space and associated off-street parking. In addition, it is anticipated that several existing residential properties will be preserved and rehabilitated. The project is located on South Fourth Street and East Third Street in an area bounded by South Third Avenue to the East, East Fourth Street to the south, South Sixth Avenue to the west and East Third Street to the North in the City of Mount Vernon, New York.
Contact: Jaime Martinez, City of Mount Vernon, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550, Phone: (914) 699-7230.
Notice of Completion and Acceptance of Draft EIS and Extension of Public Comment Period
Westchester County - The Village of Dobbs Ferry Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Mercy College Dormitory. Comments are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until November 25, 2013. Draft EIS is available from the contact person listed below and on line at: http://www.dobbsferry.com/Projects-and-Initiatives/Mercy-College-Dorms/.
The College proposes to construct a new 350 bed dormitory totaling 89,450 square feet, which would be located on the Dobbs Ferry portion of the Main Campus, immediately to the north of Mercy Hall. The proposed four story building would have a footprint of approximately 24,000 square feet and contain a total of 78 suites, which includes Resident Advisor (RA) single rooms and a Resident Director (RD) apartment. The proposed dormitory building would measure 49 feet 11 inches in height, as defined by the Village of Dobbs Ferry Zoning Code.
The "Main Campus" for Mercy College is located within the Villages of Dobbs Ferry and Irvington, New York. The address for the Campus is 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, New York. The proposed dormitory would be located on portions of two parcels within the Campus designated on the Tax Assessment Map of the Village of Dobbs Ferry as Section/Block/Lot Numbers 3.40-4-16 and 3.40-4-21. The "Project Site" is an undeveloped open lawn area within the Campus of approximately 1.88 acres immediately to the north of Mercy Hall and immediately to the east of Main Hall.
Contact: Pat Harney, 112 Main St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522; Phone: (914) 231-8513.