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ENB Multiregion and Statewide Completed Applications 12/10/2003

Multiple Counties

Applicant: Crossroads Ventures LLC
PO Box 267
Mount Tremper, NY 12457
Facility: The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park
South of Belleayre & West of Rt 28
Shandaken, Middletown, NY
Application ID: 0-9999-00096/00005
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 15 Water Supply
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Private/Commercial/Institutional SPDES
Project is Located: Several Counties throughout the State
Project Description:
    Crossroads Ventures, LLC has submitted applications for a proposed development to be known as “The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.”   The project includes a total of 400 hotel rooms, 351 additional hotel and housing units, a 21-lot single-family residential subdivision and two 18-hole golf courses.  The project would be developed within 1,960 acres in the Catskill Mountains of Ulster and Delaware Counties, with a total of 573 acres disturbed and the remainder left undisturbed.
    The project site is located in the Towns of Shandaken (Ulster Co.) and Middletown (Delaware Co.), within the New York City Catskill and Delaware Watershed (the Pepacton and Ashokan Reservoirs), and within the boundaries of the New York State Catskill Park.  The project is adjacent to the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
    The project is divided into two related but geographically distinct developments:
The proposed Big Indian Plateau would be developed on a 1,242 acre site east of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.  A total of 331 acres would be developed to build an 18-hole golf course, a 150-room hotel, and 183 additional hotel/detached lodging units in 77 buildings, and related infrastructure.  This project site lies within the New York City Ashokan Reservoir watershed, and would be served by central water (provided by an on-site well) and central wastewater treatment, with effluent discharge to Birch Creek and/or golf course irrigation.
    The proposed Wildacres Resort would be developed on 242 acres of a 718 acre site west of the Belleayre Ski Center and would include an 18-hole golf course, a 250-room hotel, 168 additional hotel/detached lodging units in 21 buildings, and a 21-lot subdivision of single-family homes, and related infrastructure.  This project would be served by central water (provided by the Village of Fleischmanns water system) and central wastewater treatment, with effluent discharged to an unnamed tributary of Emory Brook and/or golf course irrigation.  This site is within the New York City Pepacton Reservoir watershed.
    Individual Water Supply permits under Title 15 of Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 15 and State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permits under Titles 7 and 8 of ECL Article 17 have been requested for these developments.  In addition, a Use and Protection of Waters permit under Title 5 of ECL Article 15 is required for proposed road crossings of regulated streams on the property and for the treated wastewater outfall structures to Birch Creek and the Emory Brook tributary.  Also, an application for a Water Quality Certification in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act has been submitted.  A Nationwide permit has been issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for this project.

Information on the scheduled hearing can be viewed here.

Draft SPDES Permits:
    Department staff have prepared separate draft SPDES permits for the Big Indian and Wildacres components of the project.  These draft permits contain staff proposed effluent limitations and monitoring requirements for the wastewater treatment and stormwater treatment discharges planned for the development.  Sewage Works Corporations, established pursuant to Transportation Corporation Law, are proposed to be responsible for the operation of each treatment facility.  For the Big Indian Plateau, an average of 87,000 gallons per day of treated sanitary wastewater are proposed to be discharged to Birch Creek.  For the Wildacres Resort, an average of 112,000 gallons per day of treated sanitary wastewater are proposed to be discharged to an unnamed tributary of Emory Brook.  During certain periods, treated sanitary wastewater is proposed to be used as irrigation water for both golf courses.  A SPDES “Fact Sheet” has been prepared for each permit and provides background documentation supporting DEC’s proposed draft permits.
New York City Watershed TMDL:
    The sponsor has submitted information to the Department regarding its proposal for demonstrating compliance with the Department’s established Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations for phosphorus in the watersheds tributary to New York City Ashokan and Pepacton reservoirs.  Information regarding the established TMDL is available on the DEC web site at:

Based upon the submitted information, Department staff have proposed a revision to the established TMDL.  The notice related to this revision is available in the Department’s Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) on the DEC web site at:
Document Availability:
    The application materials, SPDES fact sheets, the draft SPDES permit, the Draft EIS and other project information are available for your review at the Department's Office of Hearings and Mediation Services located at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1550; and the Departments’s Region 3 Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-3042, during normal business hours between 8:30 AM and 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday, contact: Brenda Bubenicek at (845) 256-3021.  In addition, these documents are also available for review at the Skene Memorial Library, Main Street, Fleischmanns, NY 12430.
    The Draft SPDES permits and fact sheets are also available on the Department’s website,at:
An electronic (CD ROM) copy of the DEIS is available at the following locations:
Fairview Public Library            Morton (Pine Hill) Library
43 Walnut Street                Elm Street
        Margaretville, NY 12455            Pine Hill, NY 12465

Skene Memorial Library            Phoenicia Library Assoc.
        Main Street                    Main Street
        Fleischmanns, NY 12430            Phoenicia, NY 12464

The CD ROM and a paper copy of the DEIS are also available for purchase directly from the project sponsor.  Please contact Mr. Ken Graham directly at (845) 688-7740.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Feb 24 2004.
Contact: Alexander Ciesluk, Jr
NYSDEC Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561

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