ENB - REGION 3 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Notice Of Revised Draft SPDES Permits

New York State
Department Of Environmental Conservation

Applicant: Crossroads Ventures, LLC, PO Box 267, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457

Project: The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park

DEC Application Numbers: 0-9999-00096/00005 - State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (Big Indian)
0-9999-00096/00009 - State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (Wildacres)

Project Description/Application Status: Crossroads Ventures, LLC has submitted applications for a proposed development to be known as "The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park." These applications and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) were determined to be complete on November 26, 2003. DEC legislative public hearings pursuant to 6 NYCRR Parts 617, 621 and 624 have been held before Administrative Law Judge Richard R. Wissler. A pre-adjudicatory hearing Issues Conference commenced on May 25, 2004.

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 on-site wells) 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.

Draft SPDES Permits:
Department staff had prepared separate draft SPDES permits for the Big Indian and Wildacres components of the project as part of its November 26, 2003 determination of completeness. These draft permits contained staff proposed effluent limitations and monitoring requirements for the wastewater treatment and stormwater treatment discharges planned for the development. As a result of comments and information presented during the public hearing issues conference, DEC has made a decision to revise the draft SPDES permits. Substantive revisions are as follows:

Big Indian Plateau

Big Indian Plateau and Wildacres Resort

Document Availability:

The revised draft SPDES permits, are available for review at the Department'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 or Alexander F. Ciesluk, Jr. at (845) 256-3014.

Proposed phosphorus TMDL revisions relating to the draft SPDES permits are available for the Ashokan and Pepeacton Reservoirs. Fact sheets containing this information can be obtained by contacting:

NYSDEC
Bureau of Water Assessment and Management
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3502
Telephone: (518) 402-8179

Written Comments:
All written comments concerning the revised draft SPDES permits must be received by December 17, 2004 and must be sent to the Department Contact Person:

Alexander F. Ciesluk, Jr.
Deputy Regional Permit Administrator
NYSDEC
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561-1620


Negative Declaration

Westchester County - The Westchester County Board of Legislators, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Maintenance and Storage Building - Yonkers Joint Treatment Plant will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a one-story, approximately 9,600 square foot storage building and associated site improvements at the 38.2 acre County-owned and operated Yonkers Joint Treatment Plant. The project is located on Fernbrook Street at the Hudson River, Yonkers, NY.

Contact: Patrick Natarelli, Chief Planner, 432 Michaelian Office Building, White Plains, NY 10601, phone: (914) 995-4406.


Westchester County - The Westchester County Board of Legislators, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Exit Ramp from Northbound Bronx River Parkway to Yonkers Avenue Bridge will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the design and construction of a new exit ramp from the Northbound Bronx River Parkway leading to Mount Vernon and Yonkers Avenue. The ramp will span a portion of the Bronx River and replace the existing Bronx River Parkway ramp at Oak Street. The project is located at junctions of Bronx River Parkway and Yonkers Avenue and Oak Street, Yonkers and City of Mount Vernon.

Contact: Claudia Ng Maxwell, Associate Environmental Planner, 432 Michaelian Office Building, White Plains, NY 10601, phone: (914) 995-3530.


Positive Declaration

Westchester County - The Town Board of the Town of North Salem, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Highgate/Woodlands of North Salem may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. As a result of on-going discussions between the Town Board as the lead agency, and the applicant, and also the Board’s consultants and staff, the applicant has revised its proposed action to change the previously proposed commercial aspect (office and research development) to development of a proposed active, adult multi-family residential community, specifically designed for occupancy by one or more persons 55 years or older, and identified by the applicant as "The Woodlands at North Salem." The proposed Woodlands at North Salem development more specifically involves the following:

The remaining R-1 acreage is proposed to be developed as previously proposed and evaluated. Specifically, the subject property is proposed to be subdivided into approximately 49 single-family lots, with related infrastructure improvements. The subject property consists of approximately 160 acres located on Reed and Hardscrabble Roads, within an R-1 Residential Density Zoning District and identified on the Town of North Salem Tax Maps as Sheet 2, Block 1734, Lots 15, 16, and 19. The subject property includes areas of steep slopes as well as regulated wetlands, watercourses and waterbodies, including portions of NYSDEC Wetland L-1and its associated regulated Adjacent Areas and locally-regulated wetlands.

Contact: Veronica Howley, Town of North Salem Town Board, 266 Titicus Road, North Salem, New York, 10560, phone: (914) 669-5577, fax: (914) 669-8670.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Westchester County - The Planning Board of the Town of Lewisboro, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Boniello Land and Realty - Falcon Ridge Subdivision. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on January 11, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewisboro Town Hall. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until Monday January 31, 2005. A copy of the DEIS and project development plans are available for public review at the Office of the Planning Board Secretary, Onatru Farm Park, 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem, NY. Additional copies of the DEIS and Project Plans are available for public review at the Lewisboro Town Hall and South Salem Library. The action involves the subdivision of approximately 95.6 acres of land within an R-2A One-Family Residence District in the Town of Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York ("proposed action"). The proposed action seeks to subdivide the existing undeveloped parcel into eleven (11) residential building lots; one (1) road parcel including a proposed public road consisting of 2,875 linear feet in length with proposed emergency only connection to the abutting Deer Track Lane; and five (5) open space parcels (much of which consist of steep slopes in excess of 25 percent and regulated and protected wetlands/watercourses and associated 150-foot buffer areas). Public access to the subdivision is proposed via Waccabuc Road (NYS Route 138, a State highway). Each of the proposed subdivision lots would be accessed from the proposed new subdivision road via two (2) private common driveways. The proposed building lots would include on-site, individual water supply wells and subsurface sewage disposal systems. The property for which the subdivision is proposed is known to host a number of rare and threatened animal species. A significant amount of the site is wetlands, much of which would be crossed by the proposed main subdivision access road. Other resources of the subject property include areas of visually significant elevation and corresponding ridgelines, as designated in the 1973 Town of Lewisboro Master Plan. The subject property’s eastern boundary abuts the Brownell Nature Preserve. The project is located on the northerly side of Waccabuc Road (NYS Route 138), Golden’s Bridge, Town of Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York, as designated on the Town of Lewisboro Assessor Tax Maps as Section 8, Block 11137, Lot18.

Contact: Aimee Hodges, Planning Board of the Town of Lewisboro, 99 Elmwood Road, Onatru Farm Park, South Salem, NY 10590, phone: (914) 763-5592, fax: (914) 763-3637.


Westchester County The New Rochelle City Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hartley Houses Revitalization. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on December 7, 2004, at 8:00 p.m., at the New Rochelle City Hall – 515 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY. Public comment period has been extended to December 7, 2004. The action involves the redevelopment of the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority’s (NRMHA) Hartley Houses complex, located within the City of New Rochelle at the intersection of Horton Avenue and Brook Streets, at a more compatible neighborhood scale. This includes, among other actions: (i) adoption of an amendment to the Lincoln Avenue Urban Renewal Plan; (ii) rezoning of the proposed Hartley Houses redevelopment site to the PUD-AH district, and possible text change to accommodate the proposed housing types; (iii) revisions to the New Rochelle Comprehensive Plan to reflect the objectives of the amended Urban Renewal Plan; (iv) amendment of the Official Map to reopen Winthrop Avenue; (v) conveyance of City-owned property to the NRMHA; and (vi) site plan and/or subdivision approval by the Planning Board.

The proposed project calls for the removal of the five existing public housing towers and their replacement with primarily three-story townhouses and one new four-story structure spread across the Hartley site and neighboring parcels. The townhouses are intended to provide a mix of homeownership and rental units in order to provide a variety of living choices and help stabilize the neighborhood. The four-story building incorporates townhouse-style units on the first two floors, and elevator serviced apartments on the top two floors. To eliminate the superblock created by the existing Hartley Houses facility and provide for an integrated development pattern, Winthrop Avenue will be extended through the redevelopment site, reestablishing the neighborhood roadway grid. The currently proposed development concept would create 230 dwelling units, a net decrease of ten units from the number of existing apartments at the Hartley Houses.

The project is located at the intersection of Horton Avenue and Brook Street (51, 80 and 81 Winthrop Avenue, 60 and 70 Horton Avenue); New Rochelle, NY.

Contact: Lewis Wendell, Department of Development - City Hall – 515 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801, phone: (914) 654-2185, fax: (914) 632-3626.