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ENB - Region 3 Notices 7/27/2016

Public Notice

Shandaken State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Semi-Annual Meeting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) is pleased to announce that the next semi-annual public meeting, held per the Shandaken SPDES permit, will be on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Schoharie Watershed Office, 6049 Main Street, Tannersville NY. NYC DEP will discuss the progress of activities conducted pursuant to the SPDES permit.

The meeting is open to the public and public input is welcome.

Contact: Kimberlee Kane, NYC DEP, 465 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595, Phone: (914) 773-4473, E-mail: kkane@dep.nyc.gov.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has determined that site ID #336028, known as the Majestic Weaving Corporation site, may be deleted from the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites. This site is located in the Town of Cornwall, within the County of Orange, and is located at 2 Mill Street. Comments regarding this action must be submitted no later than August 26, 2016. Information regarding the site, the proposed delisting, and how to submit comments electronically can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60063.html or send comments to: Alexandra Servis, NYSDEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7014, Phone: (518) 402-9662, E-mail: alexandra.servis@dec.ny.gov

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Negative Declaration

Westchester County - The Town of North Castle Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law to create a new Chapter 258 - Solar Infrastructure Siting within the Town of North Castle Town Code will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves a proposed local law to create a new Chapter 258 - Solar Infrastructure Siting within the Town of North Castle Town Code. In addition, Town Board special use permit and Planning Board site plan approval for the installation of an approximately 9,000 panel photovoltaic (PV) array at the Swiss Re site to supply electricity to the headquarters campus. The project is located in the Town of North Castle, New York.

Contact: Adam Kaufman, AICP, 17 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504; Phone: (914)273-3542, E-mail: adamrkaufman@northcastleny.com.


Westchester County - The County of Westchester, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sprain Brook/Bronx River Confluence Flood Mitigation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the restoration of the waterway and stabilization of the banks at the confluence of the Bronx River and Sprain Brook. The restoration project consists of the removal of some of the existing vegetation on the west side of the Bronx River for access and staging; excavation of approximately 600 cubic yards of sediment from the river; installation of structural and vegetative streambank stabilization practices; and site restoration. The project is located on the East side of Bronx River Parkway on the border of Yonkers and Bronxville, New York.

Contact: David Kvinge, Westchester County, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 955-4400, E-mail: dsk2@westchestergov.com.


Westchester County - The County of Westchester, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Playland Renovations - Parking, Plaza and Game Structures will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the three capital projects to make renovations to Playland Park. The first involves the reconstruction and reconfiguration of the main parking lot to improve vehicular and pedestrian circulation and safety, including relocation of the entrance and ticket booths and improved lighting and drainage. This project also includes repaving of the bathhouse parking area at the south end of the park. The second project involves the refurbishment of the existing fountain plaza at the entrance to the amusement area, which includes removal of the existing miniature golf course and provision of infrastructure to support mobile food and merchandise carts. This second capital project also provides for the replacement of the pool with a large plaza area. The third project will rehabilitate or demolish structures that house games in the amusement area, including the demolition of the Games Row on the west side of the cross axis. The project is located at One Playland Parkway in the City of Rye, New York.

Contact: David Kvinge, Westchester County, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 955-4400, E-mail: dsk2@westchestergov.com.


Westchester County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 2016 Croton River Hydrilla Control Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The aquatic invasive plant Hydrilla verticillata was discovered in the Croton River in October 2013 and later found in the Croton Bay during a site survey in 2014. Hydrilla grows rapidly in areas where it has become established, often resulting in severe economic and ecological impacts. NYS DEC proposes to treat approximately 15.5 surface acres of water within the Croton River on or shortly after August 15, 2016 with endothall from below Black Rock Dam to Deer Island to target hydrilla populations. Endothall is designed to effect growing foliage of submerged aquatic vegetation, therefore, impacts to wetland emergent plants, including known threatened and endangered species in the river, are not anticipated. In addition, endothall does not affect seeds or propagules, the way by which most native aquatic plants reproduce. By mid-August, seed production will be well underway and seeds will germinate normally in 2017; therefore long term impacts to native plants in the target area are not anticipated. At the proposed concentrations, the herbicide is non-toxic to fish and other aquatic animals as determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Health. The project will comply with all permit conditions for the Article 15 Pesticides Program and the Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands Program. A 30 day public comment period was held pertaining to the Article 24 permit, no comments were received. The project webpage is available on the DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/106386.html. The project is located Towns of Cortlandt and Ossining, New York.

Contact: Dave Adams, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4250, Phone: (518) 402-9405, E-mail: isinfo@dec.ny.gov



Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Westchester County - The City of New Rochelle City Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed City of New Rochelle Comprehensive Plan Update and Zoning Code Amendments. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801 - City Council Chambers. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted by the contact person until September 23, 2016. A hard copy of the Draft EIS may be obtained from Luiz Aragon, New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. An online version is available for review at: http://www.newrochelleny.com/EnvisioNR.

The City of New Rochelle is proposing the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan Update and related amendments to the City'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 is framed around two key concepts that are threaded throughout the plan: 1) Direct higher-density development to the downtown center, strengthen neighborhood commercial clusters, and enhance and protect 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 proposed amendments include the following: 1) amendments to the existing Water-Related District and the creation of a Water-Related 1 District; to facilitate redevelopment of the Municipal Marina; 2) amendments to the Fifth Avenue Overlay District to allow mixed-use development on properties with frontage on Fifth Avenue and the inclusion of recreational uses within the Light Industrial District; 3) the creation of a Cultural District Extension Overlay Zone to allow artist work/live units; 4) the inclusion of educational and research uses within the Hospital District; 5) the remapping of parcel at the northeast corner of the Quaker Ridge and Weaver Street intersection from R1-20 to NB to reflect its existing use; 6) adjustments to the City's parking requirements to be in line with current parking trends and current sources of parking data (ITE); 7) the inclusion of a local preference for the provision of affordable housing; 8) minor amendments to the standards regulating the establishment of new or expansion of existing universities, colleges and private school campuses in residential districts; 9) zoning changes for sustainability including solar and wind regulations; and 10) other minor text amendments to definitions and special permit uses in the Large Scale Retail District.

The project location is the entire geographic area of the City of New Rochelle, New York.

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


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Westchester County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Rockefeller State Park Preserve Land Exchange. NYS OPRHP, as lead agency, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the action to exchange land within Rockefeller State Park Preserve with adjacent privately owned land. In accordance with Article 20 of the NYS OPRHP Law the agency is required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and conduct a public hearing prior to any decision to remove lands from a park preserve designation. The Draft EIS was made public on September 23, 2015 with a public hearing held on October 7, 2015 at Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The public comment period ended on October 22, 2015.

The Final EIS includes an executive summary, background and the environmental review process, the environmental setting, description of the action, alternatives considered, the preferred alternative (land exchange), and potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures. Areas that have been evaluated with respect to impacts include: land and water resources, flora and fauna, energy, noise and odor, historic and archeological resources, scenic resources, open space and recreation, public health, traffic and access, and growth and character of the community and neighborhood. The FEIS also includes a section summarizing public comments received on the Draft EIS and the Agency's responses to comments.

Agencies and the public are afforded the opportunity to consider the Final EIS until August 8, 2016. Comments may be emailed to: Rockefeller.Plan@parks.ny.gov

A hard copy of the Final EIS is available for review at the offices of the agency contacts, Preserve Office, and the following public libraries: Warner Library serving Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591; Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510; and Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570. The online version of the Final EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/inside-our-agency/master-plans.aspx

The project is located along Route 448 (Bedford Road) in the Hamlet of Pocantico Hills, Town of Mount Pleasant, New York.

Contact: Linda Cooper, NYS OPRHP - Taconic Region, PO Box 308, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Phone: (845) 889-4100, and Ron Rausch, NYS OPRHP - Environmental Management Bureau, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409.


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