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STATE OF NEW YORK
ENERGY PLANNING BOARD

NOTICE OF ISSUANCE OF THE DRAFT STATE ENERGY PLAN
NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT HEARINGS

The purpose of this notice is to announce the completion and issuance of an integrated Draft State Energy Plan (Draft Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), to solicit written comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS and oral comments at a series of public meetings to be held across the State, and to inform the public of the procedure for requesting evidentiary hearings in the event that there is any dispute as to material facts contained in the Draft Plan.

Issuance of the Draft Plan

The Energy Planning Board has issued a Draft Plan which contains, among other things, the forecasts and assessments required by Article 6 of the Energy Law and addresses the issues identified by the Board in a Public Notice published in the State Register on April 18, 2001. The Draft Plan is intended to provide strategic direction and guidance and to coordinate state government’s energy-related activities over the next several years.

Completion of the DEIS

The Energy Planning Board, as lead agency, has completed a DEIS pursuant to Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law relating to the preparation and issuance of the Draft Plan. This is an unlisted, statewide action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The analysis constituting the DEIS is integrated with the Draft Plan and the Plan includes a separate section which outlines compliance with SEQRA.

Public Comment Hearings on the Draft Plan and the DEIS

The Energy Planning Board hereby gives notice that public comment hearings will be held for the purpose of receiving oral comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS at the following locations and times:

Buffalo - January 23, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, New York 14202.

Rochester - January 24, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00pm at the Four Points Sheraton Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 Main Street, Rochester, New York 14604.

Syracuse - January 29, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in Grewen Hall at LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Spring Road, Syracuse, New York 13214.

Binghamton - January 30, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Best Western Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 225 Water Street, 1 Sarbro Square, Binghamton, New York 13901.

Mineola - February 5, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Long Island Marriot, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, New York 11553.

Manhattan - February 26, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the W Hotel at Times Square, 1567 Broadway at 47th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Brooklyn - February 27, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238.

Albany - March 5, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Public Assembly Room, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233.

Persons who wish to speak should register in advance by contacting Paul DeCotis at the address set forth below.

In addition to these hearings, staffs of the Energy Planning Board agencies will be giving a technical briefing on the draft plan in Albany on January 15, 2002 at 10:00 am, at the Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 7.

Submission of Written Comments

The public is also invited to submit written comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS. Written comments should be submitted to Paul DeCotis at the address set forth below and must be received no later than 5:00 pm on March 15, 2002.

Requests for Evidentiary Hearings

Any interested person may request evidentiary hearings on the issues identified in paragraph 6-104(2)(a) of the Energy Law or on the factual basis for any other issue identified in subdivision 6-104(2). Any such request must comply with the requirements of 9 NYCRR 7848.4(a). The original and five copies of any such request must be served on the Board no later than March 5, 2002. The Board may be served by delivery to Roger D. Avent, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York 12203-6399. Copies of any such requests must be served on all persons included on the Board’s service list at the same time as the request is served on the Board. A copy of the Board’s service list can be obtained from Roger Avent by writing to him at the same address or by calling (518) 862-1090, extension 3333. In the event timely requests for evidentiary hearings are received, the Board will issue a ruling as to whether such hearings are warranted and will specify the issues to be addressed.

Further information about the Draft Plan, the DEIS, and the public comment hearings may be obtained from Paul DeCotis at:

New York State Energy Planning Board
c/o New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Corporate Plaza West
286 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, New York 12203-6399
Phone Number: (518) 862-1090, extension 3321.


Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Town Board of the Town of Amherst, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed rezoning of 2360 and 2370 Wehrle Drive from residential district - three (R-3) to office building (OB). The action involves the rezoning of a 43.33 acre portion of a 52± acre parcel from R-3 (Single-Family Residential) to OB (Office Building). Purpose of the request is to permit development of a 400,000± sq. ft. office park. Project also includes all necessary infrastructure improvements, including, but not limited to, traffic/transportation, drainage, and sanitary sewerage to accommodate the development. The project includes 100 foot wide greenspace buffers along the entire east and west property lines. The petitioner is Arista, 1021 Tonawanda Street, Buffalo, New York 14207.

Contact: Eric W. Gillert, Planning Department, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 214221, phone: (716) 631-7051.


Erie County - The Town of Elma, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed acquisition of land and construction of a new Town Hall and possible athletic fields will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves purchase of 38-acres of vacant land for the construction of a new Town Hall and athletic fields. The project is located at 1910 Bowen Road, Elma, NY.

Contact: Gerald Barry, 1910 Bowen Road, Elma, New York 14059, phone: (716) 652-3260.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Erie County - The Town of Orchard Park, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Fox Run at Orchard Park Lifecare Community. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on January 16, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Orchard Park, S4295 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, New York. The action involves rezoning of property located on the corner of Big Tree Road and California Road for the purpose of construction a lifecare retirement community project.

Contact: Sarah K. desJardins, S4295 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, New York 14127, phone: (716) 662-6433.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Erie County - The Orchard Park Central School District, as lead agency has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Orchard Park High School, Murphy Road Site. The action involves a master plan to construct a new High School complex on a 134-acre parcel located on Murphy Road between Armor-Duells Road and Powers Road in the Town of Orchard Park, Erie County, New York. The proposed High School would replace the existing High School located at 4040 Baker Road and involve the construction of a 430,540 square foot building (building footprint of 241,500 square feet), 13 multipurpose athletic fields, a track and football field, tennis courts, cross-country trails, driveways, and approximately 900 spaces of parking for the new facility. The estimated cost of construction of all improvements is approximately $87 million. The new building will house the existing High School population of approximately 1,700 students, plus faculty and staff, and will be designed to accommodate the Year 2008 projected student enrollment of approximately 1,900 students plus faculty and staff. An existing building on the site previously occupied by the Sisters of Mercy, will remain and likely be used for future administrative offices. An existing non-historic vacant residential structure on the site will potentially be removed to accommodate athletic field development. The project is located on a 134 acre parcel on Murphy Road between Armor-Duells Road and Powers Road in the Town of Orchard Park, Erie County, New York.

Contact: Orchard Park Central School District, Charles Stoddart, 3330 Baker Road, Orchard Park, New York 14127, phone:(716) 209-6280