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ENB - Region 3 Notices 3/23/2016

Negative Declaration

Westchester County - The Village of Irvington Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Accessory Apartment Local Law will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the enactment of local law permitting accessory apartments as a special permit use in single-family dwellings throughout the Village of Irvington. The project is located throughout the Village of Irvington, New York.

Contact: Lawrence Schopfer, Village of Irvington, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533, Phone: (914) 591-4358, E-mail: lschopfer@irvingtonny.gov.


Dutchess County - The Town Board of the Town of Red Hook, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of a Local Law Amending Chapter 143 entitled "Zoning" will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a local law to amend the Town of Red Hook Zoning Law. The amendments will replace an existing section entitled "Development within the Hamlet (H) District" with a new section entitled "Historic Structures and Districts" to protect regulated historic structures in the Town; will modify the allowable uses in the Town's Zoning Districts; will delete the definitions of hotels and inns, modify the definition, requirements and permitted Districts for lodging; will replace the definition of hunting or fishing clubs with separate definitions and modify the requirements and permitted Districts for hunting clubs and fishing clubs; will permit uses that will encourage adaptive reuse of Hudson River estates to preserve their historic and natural character; will increase the required minimum lot area in the LD and I Districts; and will increase the minimum open space requirement for conservation subdivision in the WC, LD, RD5 and I Districts. The amendments are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of Town residents and to bring the Town's Zoning Law into conformance with "Greenway Connections: Greenway Compact Program and Guides for Dutchess County Communities" pursuant to Chapter 17 of the Town Code. The proposed amendments are consistent with the recommendations of the Town's Comprehensive Plan. The project is located throughout the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Sue McCann, Town of Red Hook, 7340 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, Phone: (845) 758-4600, E-mail: smccann@redhook.org.


Dutchess County - The Town of Red Hook, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed NYS Route 9 Sidewalk Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves segments of deteriorating sidewalks will be removed and replaced along with the construction of new sidewalk segments to create a continuous network along Route 9 from Hardscrabble Plaza to Red Hook Town Hall (7340 South Broadway). New ADA/PROWAG compliant ramps will be installed. Crosswalks will be evaluated and enhanced as required across Route 9 and the various side streets and plaza entrances. The project will also provide landscape enhancements. The project is located along NYS Route 9 from Hardscrabble Plaza to Red Hook Town Hall in the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Robert McKeon, Town of Red Hook, 7340 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, Phone: (845) 758-4600, E-mail: rmckeon@redhook.org.


Dutchess County - The Town of Pawling Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Meadows of Pawling Subdivision (formerly known as Deerfield Estates and Mission Hills Estates) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves applications for an Amended Subdivision and Site Plan for an Open Space Subdivision; and an environmental permit from Deerfield Estates, LLC to create 43 lots from a 101.5 acre tract of land in the R-2 (2-Acre Residential) zone. Lots 1-41 will be compact single-family lots intended for senior citizens ranging in size from 0.50 to 0.98 acres with private road access and water supply and sewage disposal via central, private on-site systems. The remaining lots consist of open space, private roads and other facilities such as a clubhouse, wastewater treatment plant, water storage tank and water treatment plant, stormwater management improvements and existing and proposed trails. The open space lands and private facilities will be owned by a Homeowners Association (HOA). The applicant had previously obtained "Open Development Status" per Section 280-a of the Town Law from the Pawling Town Board. The proposed development has been classified as a Type 1 Action under the SEQR regulations due to its location in an Agricultural District and in a Critical Environmental Area (CEA), the Great Swamp. The project is located on the east side of West Dover Road (County Route 20), north of River Road in the Town of Pawling, New York.

Contact: George Brehm, Town of Pawling, Town Hall, 160 Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling, NY 12564, Phone: (845) 855-0959, E-mail: jdaley@pawling.org.


Ulster County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment to the 2010 Master Plan/EIS for Minnewaska State Park Preserve will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. In 2010 a Final Master Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Minnewaska State Park Preserve (Master Plan) was prepared and adopted by NYS OPRHP and Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC). The Agencies have recently made a decision to change the location of the Office/Visitor Center (VC), layouts of the parking lots and other infrastructure modifications from the conceptual design presented as the preferred alternative in the Master Plan. This decision was based on a combination of reasons including: cost assessments for re-use of the Phillips House as the VC; PERC tests and viable siting for the septic system; lack of required car capacity and lack of stormwater drainage and treatment area in the Master Plan conceptual design; and reducing visual and physical impacts to Lake Minnewaska's viewshed.

The VC will be constructed in an already disturbed area near the main parking lots for easier access; the footprint will be approximately 5,000-6,000 square feet. The new parking lot layout will better centralize parking in one main area and only increase parking capacity by 10 spaces from the Master Plan design; the revised parking plan will impact approximately 4 acres. Stormwater drainage and treatment areas are included as well as a new septic system. Construction of a new warming lodge is included in the Amendment but a final location will be determined at a future date. The Phillips House will be demolished and the site will be restored to a natural condition.

The project is located in the Lake Minnewaska Area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Towns of Wawarsing, Gardiner, Rochester, and Shawangunk, New York.

Contact: Nancy Stoner, NY OPRHP, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: Nancy.Stoner@parks.ny.gov.


Positive Declaration

Westchester County - The City of New Rochelle City Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Comprehensive Plan Update and Zoning Code Amendments may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan Update and related amendments to the City New Rochelle's Zoning Code and Map. The City last updated its Comprehensive Plan in 1996; much has changed in terms of local and regional demographics and economic conditions, as well as global planning objectives, since the last time the City revised its Comprehensive Plan and the current Plan will reflect these new trends and conditions. The New Rochelle Comprehensive Plan, EnvisioNR, is framed around two key concepts that are threaded throughout the plan: 1) Direct high-density development to the downtown center, moderate-density development to neighborhood commercial clusters and conservation in low-density residential neighborhoods; and 2) Incorporate principles of sustainability by weaving goals from GreeNR, the City's Sustainability Plan, into the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan has twelve chapters covering vision; history and regional context; population and housing; land use and zoning; economy; downtown; public facilities and utilities; parks, open space and natural resources; cultural and historic resources, future land use plan and zoning recommendations; and implementation. Key chapters of the Plan conclude with a set of recommendations that have been developed through a process of public outreach on the Plan. A separate Sustainability Working Group and related public outreach process helped to guide the sustainability recommendations woven throughout the Plan.

The Proposed Action also includes amendments to the City Zoning Code and Map which implement certain of the Comprehensive Plan recommendations. The attached map shows neighborhood focus areas (in yellow) which are the locations within the City proposed for some adjustment in zoning. Certain of the City's neighborhood commercial clusters are proposed to be rezoned to better reflect existing uses in areas currently zoned residential that in reality consist predominantly of commercial uses (i.e. Cherry Lawn Farm at Quaker Ridge and Weaver Street; and Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center). In the 5th Avenue corridor adjustments to the zoning are proposed to legalize residential uses in the area. These adjustments will legalize existing uses allowing property owners to better maintain and upgrade their properties. Along the Lincoln Avenue corridor adjustments to permitted heights and densities of certain potential redevelopment sites located generally west of North Avenue, east of Prince Street and north of the Hospital are proposed. The Zoning Code amendments also include adjustments to the existing Hospital District to allow for increased development potential within the existing hospital campus to accommodate potential future plans for growth by New Rochelle Montefiore Hospital. The Zoning Code Amendments also support recommendations for redevelopment of the City's Municipal Marina. This will include adjustments to the Water Related (WR) District, the Municipal Marina's current zoning designation, including increases in the floor area ratio and adjustments to other area and bulk requirements. Finally, amendments to the Zoning Code to support the City's sustainability efforts are also proposed.

The project is located throughout the City of New Rochelle, New York

Contact: Luiz Aragon, City of New Rochelle, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Phone: (914) 654-2185.


Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Ulster County - The Kingston City Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Kingston Comprehensive Plan - Kingston 2025. The Final GEIS is available from the Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway Kingston, NY and on line at: http://kingston-ny.gov/content/8399/10937/13160/default.aspx.

The action involves the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan titled "Kingston 2025" for the City of Kingston. The project is located throughout the City of Kingston, New York.

Contact: James L. Noble, Jr., City of Kingston, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401, Phone: (845) 331-4696.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Westchester County - The Town of Somers Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Somers Crossing. The Final EIS is available from the Town of Somers Town Clerk; the Somers Public Library and on line at: www.somersny.com/pages/SomersNY_Planning/environment. The lead agency will receive public comments on the Final EIS until April 7, 2016.

The action involves a petition requesting an Amendment to the Town Code to create a new Multifamily Residence Downtown Hamlet (MFR-DH) District Floating Zone with consideration of its application to a specific site. The proposed floating zone would be applicable to any property located within 2,500 feet of the intersection of Routes 100 and 202, and other considerations.

Once enacted the MFR-DH district regulations would be applied to a 26.68 acre property. The applicant's current proposal includes development of 66 multifamily residential units accessed from Route 100, a 19,000 square foot neighborhood grocery store accessed from Route 202, and preservation of permanent open space in the Somers Hamlet. The parcel has wetland and steep slope constraints and is located within a Groundwater Protection Overlay District. The property is currently zoned R-40 and R-80 Residence District.

The project is located at 307 New York State Route 100 in the Town of Somers, New York.

Contact: Syrette Dym, Town of Somers, Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589, Phone: (914) 277-5366, E-mail: sdym@somersny.com.


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