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ENB - Region 9 Notices 2/24/2016

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands Act) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and the Freshwater Wetlands Mapping and Classification Regulations (6 NYCRR Part 664) that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to amend Erie County Freshwater Wetland Map 4 of 31 originally filed in 1986. The wetland amendment would consist of adding Wetlands CC-49 and CC-50 as Class 2 wetlands to the maps. Maps showing the proposed revisions are available at the clerks' offices in the Town of Amherst and Erie County, as well as at the NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Written comments on the accuracy of the proposed changes to the map may be submitted to the person listed below. All comments received through March 31, 2016 will be considered. Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 664, once the announcement of a proposed amendment has been made, no activity subject to regulation under the Freshwater Wetlands Act may be initiated without a permit from NYS DEC within the area that is the subject of the proposal (including the regulated 100-foot adjacent area) until the NYS DEC Commissioner has either amended the map or denied the amendment.

Contact: Chuck Rosenburg, NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203, Fax: 716-851-7005, E-mail: Charles.Rosenburg@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Erie County - The City of Buffalo Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Northland Corridor Redevelopment and Western New York Workforce Training Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) has acquired and proposes to redevelop approximately thirty five (35) ± acres with approximately seven hundred and forty thousand (740,000) ± square feet of vacant industrial properties within the project area. The project will consist of the stabilization, renovation, select demolition, remediation and redevelopment of the project area for the purpose of returning the vacant, underutilized properties to productive use, to assist with revitalizing the neighborhood surrounding the project area and to provide employment opportunities for nearby residents by creating a new manufacturing and employment hub on the City of Buffalo's East Side. The project is a partnership among the BUDC, the City of Buffalo, the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and is being funded by ESD and NYPA. The project is located at 37 East Delavan Avenue; 631, 644, 664, 683, 688, 690, 741, 767 and 777 Northland Avenue; 126 and 128 Dutton Avenue in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Nadine Marrero, City of Buffalo, 901 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202, Phone: (716) 851-5029, E-mail: nmarrero@city-buffalo.com.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Erie County - The City of Buffalo Common Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Buffalo Consolidated Development Framework AKA Buffalo Green Code. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on March 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Buffalo Council Chambers, City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, 13th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until April 22, 2016. The Draft EIS is available from the all Buffalo City Libraries and on line at: http://www.buffalogreencode.com/green-code-components/dgeis/.

Buffalo Consolidated Development Framework consists of the following components:

  • A Land Use Plan that translates the City's Comprehensive Plan into a framework for future growth. The Land Use Plan provides specific direction on land use, transportation and urban design based upon public input and market trends;
  • A Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan that tailors state and federal coastal policies to the unique character of the City's waterfront, identifies key waterfront investment areas and establishes coastal review procedures;
  • A Homestead Plan which will allow homesteading (purchase of properties for below market value) of vacant structures throughout the city; vacant lots for new construction in residential zones identified in the Unified Development Ordinance; and adjacent lots within Housing and Urban Development (HUD) eligible block groups;
  • Buffalo River Corridor, Buffalo Harbor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Nomination Documents and South Buffalo BOA Implementation Strategy Document, which provide analysis and direction for the reuse of areas with impediments due to historic industrial use and vacancy; and
  • A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that consolidates development regulations into a simple, illustrative and user friendly document for buildings, public spaces and thoroughfares, providing fair and transparent rules and procedures based on public consensus; and
  • the repeal of several laws, including 24 existing urban renewal plans.

The project is located throughout the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Dinash Lal, City of Buffalo, 1413 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202, Phone: (716) 851-5144, E-mail: dlal@city-buffalo.com.


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