County of Suffolk
December 10, 2008
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Applicants: County of Suffolk
Department of Planning
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Attn: James Bagg, Chief Environmental Analyst
County of Suffolk Proposal: The County of Suffolk has requested a change to the New York State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System ("WSRR") designation of the County Center at Riverhead municipal complex, which is located in the Peconic River Scenic and Recreational River corridor. A total of 49.6 acres of county owned and occupied land are proposed to be redesignated from the current Recreational category to a Community category. This redesignation is requested pursuant to the provisions of Article 15, Title 27 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL"), and Section 666.6 of Part 666 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR").
The project area is the Suffolk County Center at Riverhead, located on the south side of Nugent Drive (County Road 94, also known as State Route 24), on the west side of East Moriches-Riverhead Road (County Road 51), in the hamlet of Riverhead, Town of Southampton, Suffolk County, New York.
The proposed change does not entail any physical activity in and of itself. The only change of note is that government/institutional uses, which are prohibited under the Recreational designation, are allowed uses under the Community designation. If the redesignation is approved, all future physical activities within the project area will still be subject to all of the other regulatory requirements and standards contained in the WSRR regulations, including setback and lot coverage standards. Much of this area has already been disturbed due to prior governmental development of the site which occurred in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s after the County acquired the property for its operations, and prior to the area's inclusion in the Peconic River Scenic and Recreational River corridor.
Department Staff have no objection to the proposed redesignation. Pursuant to Section 666.6, a public hearing is required to receive comments from all interested parties prior to the Commissioner making a decision on the proposed redesignation.
SEQRA Status: Department Staff determined that the proposed redesignation is a Type I action, pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, ECL article 8 ("SEQRA") and 6 NYCRR part 617 (see 6 NYCRR 617.4(b)). The Department, as lead agency, determined that the proposed redesignation would not have a significant effect on the environment, and issued a negative declaration, dated August 27, 2007 that was published in the Department's electronic Environmental Notice Bulletin on September 12, 2007.
Public Hearing: All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies that may be affected by the proposed redesignation are invited to comment. For this purpose, a hearing to receive unsworn comments will commence at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901, telephone number 631- 727-7850. In the event of inclement weather, the hearing will be postponed and will be held the following week, at the same time and at the same location, on January 28, 2009. A prior hearing was held with respect to the proposed redesignation on December 10, 2008, as provided for in the notice published in the Department's Environmental Notice Bulletin on October 22, 2008 . Anyone who spoke at the prior hearing need not appear at this hearing, as a cumulative record will be compiled.
This location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Pursuant to the State Administrative Procedure Act ("SAPA"), interpreter services shall be made available to hearing impaired persons, at no charge, upon written request to the Department's Region 1 office, at the address below, at least five business days prior to the hearing.
Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing or may be mailed to be received on or before Friday, January 30, 2009. Address comments to Robert Marsh, NYSDEC Region 1, Bureau of Habitat, SUNY Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, New York 11790-3409.
Document Availability: All filed documents relating to the proposed redesignation are available for inspection during normal business hours at the Department's Region 1 Office, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, New York 11790-2356, attn: Robert Marsh, Bureau of Habitat, telephone 631-444-0364.
Statutory and Regulatory Provisions: This proceeding is conducted according to the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") Article 1 (General Provisions); Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions); Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review, "SEQR"); Article 15, Title 27 (Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System); and also Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR") Part 617 ("SEQR"); Part 621 (Uniform Procedures); and Part 666 (Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System).
December 10, 2008