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ENB - Region 1 Notices 3/16/2016

Negative Declaration

Suffolk County - The Town of Brookhaven Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Shoreham Solar Commons will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the redevelopment of the existing Tallgrass Golf Course into a solar energy production facility. This facility will consist of a 24.9 MWac ground-mounted stationary/non-tracking solar array installed on racks with associated interconnect infrastructure needed to connect to Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) 69 kilovolt (kV) overhead distribution lines along Randall Road, which in turn are connected to LIPA's Wildwood Substation in Shoreham, approximately 3.2 miles to the east-northeast of the subject property.

The applicant proposes to construct an approximately eight (8) foot tall fence around the perimeter of the property along with substantial landscaping for screening purposes. Additional landscaping within the facility will consist of grasslands species (shrubs, grasses, forbs) which will be low-maintenance and non-fertilizer dependent. The proposed facility will be unmanned and will not produce sanitary wastewater and there will be no demand for potable water. An existing single-family residential dwelling located on the property will be utilized for storage. Several existing outbuildings located along Cooper Street will remain and be used for storage, as will the existing clubhouse.

All stormwater will be stored and recharged on site via the proposed drainage reserve areas and grading will occur on less than 53% of the overall site in order to create a stable grade for installation of panels. The overall coverage of panels will be less than 53% of the total site.

The project is located on the south side of Cooper Street in Shoreham, Town of Brookhaven, New York.

Contact: Anthony Graves, Town of Brookhaven, One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738, Phone: (631) 451-6455, E-mail: agraves@brookhaven.org.


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