Legislative Public Hearing


APPLICANT: UNITED VANGUARD HOMES, INC. ("Vanguard" or “Applicant”), 4 Cedar Swamp Road, Glen Cove, New York 11542-3744; DEC Application No. 1-4726-01009/00002.

PROJECT and LOCATION: The Applicant proposes to construct a new three story, 120-bed congregate care facility (Camelot Village) on a wooded 10.26 acre site, located on the south side of NYS Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) adjacent to Paumanok Drive and the Walt Whitman High School. This project includes construction of a Cromoglass subsurface denitrification system for on-site treatment of waste water. The proposed discharge is located within an area designated as a sole source aquifer. The South Huntington Water District has been identified as the public water purveyor located within three miles of the proposed project. NYSDEC regulated Freshwater Wetlands (H-21) exist on the northern portion of the property adjacent to NYS Route 25. The proposed building will be located more than 100 linear feet from the wetland boundary. However, areas of clearing, parking areas and access driveway will be constructed closer to the wetland boundary. The access driveway will be located in a small upland area between the existing wetlands, and requires installation of a culvert directly adjacent to NYS Route 25 to allow water flow between the two wetland areas.

PERMITS: This is an application for a SPDES permit to construct the wastewater treatment system described above pursuant to Article 17, Titles 7 & 8, of the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") and Part 750, et seq., of Title 6 of the New York Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations ("6 NYCRR") and for a Freshwater Wetlands permit to alter the wetland and adjacent area as described above, pursuant to ECL Article 24 and 6 NYCRR Part 663. The Department Staff has made a tentative determination to approve the system for treatment of 12,000 gallons per day of sanitary waste which will be discharged to groundwater. The Department Staff has prepared a Draft State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“SPDES”) Permit (undated) that is available for public review. The Department has not yet made a determination in regard to the Freshwater Wetland application.

This project also may require permits from the NYS Department of Transportation, the Town of Huntington and the South Huntington Water District.

SEQRA STATUS: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA"), ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617, on November 8, 1996, the Town of Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals, as lead agency, issued a Positive Declaration. On July 31, 1997, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) was accepted by the Town for public review. On August 30, 2000, the DEC Staff issued a completeness determination on this permit application.

PUBLIC HEARING: As a result of a significant degree of public interest, the Department has determined that it is appropriate to hold a Legislative Public Hearing, to allow additional comments to be received and considered before a final determination is made on these applications. The hearing will be held at The Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY on Monday January 29th 2001 beginning at 6:30pm. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies who may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments on the application. It is not necessary to file in advance to speak at the hearing. Lengthy comments should be submitted in writing. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. Parties may file written comments with Susan Ackerman, Environmental Analyst I, NYSDEC - Region I Office, SUNY Building # 40, Stony Brook, NY 11790, provided they are postmarked no later than January 26th 2001, or submitted at the hearing.

An Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ")will conduct the hearing, and may limit the time available for oral comments to 5 minutes per person to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to be heard.

The hearing location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The permit application, positive declaration, draft permit, Uniform Procedures regulations and other documents associated with this application are available for public review at: NYSDEC Region 1, SUNY Building 40, room 121, Stony Brook, NY 11790 Contact: Susan Ackerman

STATUTORY and REGULATORY PROVISIONS: ECL Article 17 (Water Pollution Control); ECL Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands); ECL Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); and 6 NYCRR Parts 750 et seq. (SPDES), 663 (Freshwater Wetlands) and 621 (Uniform Procedures).

New York State Department of Environmental Permits, Stony Brook, New York, JOHN PAVACIC, Regional Permit Administrator, December 18, 2000

Negative Declaration

Nassau County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Exchange of Parkland between the Village of Rockville Centre and Hempstead Lake State Park will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the exchange of parkland between OPRHP and the Village of Rockville Centre. Both parcels would remain in recreational use. Recreational faciltiies on the property to be transferred from the State to the Village would be upgraded or expanded, and a restroom would be added. The project is located on the eastern strip of Hempstead Lake State Park along Peninsula Blvd. and Village of Rockville Centre parkland adjacent to the southern boundary of Hempstead Lake State Park.

Contact: Thomas B. Lyons, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Agency Bldg 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12238, phone: (518) 474-0409.

Suffolk County - The Board of Trustees of the Village of Islandia, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Computer Associates International, Inc. Phase III Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of 536,330 square feet of office and mechanical utility space on the subject property, resulting in full build-out of 1,475,000 square feet of floor area. The project is located in the Village of Islandia, New York.

Contact: Marie Zielenski, Village of Islandia, 1100 Old Nichols Road, Islandia, New York 11749, phone: (631) 348-1133.