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ENB - Region 3 Notices 4/18/2018

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Tree Cutting Notice

Construction of an Accessible Trail From the Blue Hole Parking Area to the Blue Hole

This project involves the construction of a 2,700 foot accessible trail from the Blue Hole parking area to the Blue Hole that will require the cutting of 114 trees greater than or equal to 3 inches diameter at breast height. Currently, many visitors to this area have been walking along the roadway creating a public safety hazard. Construction of the trail would give visitors a safe place to walk from the parking area to the location of the Blue Hole without degrading the environment. Placement of an accessible trail to the Blue Hole will help eliminate the many unofficial entrance points to this area which have caused social trails, erosion and damage to vegetation in the general area of this popular destination. Tree cutting will be in compliance with Lands and Forests Policy 91-2 on Cutting, Removal or Destruction of Trees and Other Vegetation on Forest Preserve Lands.

The project is located in the Town of Denning, Ulster County, New York.

Contact: Ian Dunn, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Region 3 Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3083

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Town of Milan Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Taconic Retreat Center Master Plan and Phase Site Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The proposed action involves the Site Plan Approval of a long range development plan for " Place of Religious Worship" and camp/retreat uses, a site master plan in concept, which would be a phased site development and redevelopment of existing structures, facilities and related improvement to be implemented over time. Over the course of three or more phases based on future detailed site plans for each phase, the proposal includes demolition; or upgrades and renovation; or redevelopment or new development of:

  • numerous buildings for staff housing; and guest accommodations (multi-bed dormitory, cabins, tenting, etc.);
  • several buildings for administration, food service and meetings; worship and recreational facilities; support and infrastructure;
  • outdoor improvements; open structures; pool and water park facilities; and landscaped areas for worship and recreational facilities;
  • water and sewer and stormwater facilities and improvements; and roads, driveways, parking areas and pedestrian walks and pathways.

The project is located at 64 White Drive in the Town of Milan, New York.

Contact: Karen Buechele, Town of Milan, 20 Wilcox Drive, Milan, NY 12571; Phone: (845)758-5133 x121, Fax: (845)758-0445, E-mail:

Dutchess County - The Village of Tivoli Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clarke Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves the subdivision of a ± 0.18 acre parcel of land located in the General Business (GB), R-15,000, and Historic Overlay (H-O) Zoning Districts into two lots of ± 4,235 square foot and ± 3,544 square foot in size. Both lots will be served by municipal water and sewer. No development is proposed as part of the action.

The project is located at 64 Broadway in the Village of Tivoli, New York.

Contact: Kristen Cleaveland, Village of Tivoli, 1 Tivoli Commons, PO Box 397, Tivoli, NY 12583; Phone: (845)757-2021, E-mail:

Orange County - The Town of Tuxedo Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the 2018 Town of Tuxedo Comprehensive Plan Update will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves a re-evaluation of the Town's Comprehensive Plan to address issues associated with a diminishing property ratable base, changes in the services being offered by community service providers in the Town, and concerns with the fiscal health of the Town to provide the necessary governmental functions to serve adequately its population, and other such changes. The Town of Tuxedo Town Board proposes to amend the adopted 2011 Town of Tuxedo Comprehensive Plan Update to address the those issues. The proposed action will update the Town of Tuxedo Comprehensive Plan which will be followed by amendments to the Town zoning chapter, as a separate action. The project is located throughout the Town of Tuxedo, New York.

Contact: Donna Matthews, Town of Tuxedo, Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987; Phone: (845)351-4411, Fax: (845)351-5593, E-mail:

Ulster County - The Shawangunk Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Local Law 1 of 2018 Regulating Solar Energy Systems will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The Shawangunk Town Board proposes to adopt a local law that would allow small-scale solar energy systems as an accessory use in the RS-1, RS-2, RAg-1, RAg-2, RAg-4, H-1, SB, HWG, MB-C, and A-1 zoning districts, and would allow large-scale solar energy systems by special use permit in the RAg-1, RAg-2 (except large-scale solar energy systems would not be allowed in the BH-O district), and RAg-4 zoning districts. Small-scale solar energy systems may be roof-mounted or ground-mounted systems, subject to specific standards. Large-scale energy solar systems are ground mounted, subject to specific standards, and shall be designed to avoid certain features, including farmland, and steep slopes, ridgelines, the Shawangunk Mountain Scenic Byway, and wetlands, and shall not encompass more than 20 acres for the panels and system.

The project is located throughout the Town of Shawangunk, New York.

Contact: John Valk, Jr., 14 Central Avenue, PO Box 247, Wallkill, NY 12589; Phone: (845)895-2900, Fax: (845)895-2162, E-mail:

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