Sun, Sep 27, 2015 • Meetings
We are writing with a reminder to mark your calendar to attend the Town/Village Harrison Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 29th 2015 @ 7:30 PM.
There are several agenda items of concern as listed below. PEPA is closely monitoring and/or researching each of these applications. Our legal counsel and planning consultants will be present at Tuesday’s meeting. We will provide updates as new information is available. Thank you for your interest and support. We hope to see you at the meeting. Together we protect our community.
BRIGHTVIEW SENIOR LIVING OF HARRISON – 600 Lake Street, Block 995, Lots 11 & 12, Block 994, Lot 6 – Petition for Zoning Amendment, Site Plan Review, Steep Slope Permit, Special Exception Use Permit, SEQR Review, Public Hearing
PEPA agrees with community members who have spoken out against this project. The massive scale of the building is inconsistent with the low density residential character of the surrounding area. Our consultants are working on comments and we will share them at the upcoming meeting.
PARCEL B OFFICE BUILDING – 2 Manhattanville Road, Block 631, Lot 17 – Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Parcel B application is back on the agenda; rearing its ugly head again. For more than 30 years, PEPA has been fighting to limit development on Parcel B and prevent the construction of an additional office park on Manhattanville Road, near Purchase Street. We are prepared and will be present as the applicant approaches the Board about this ill-conceived application.
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – HOUSE OF WORSHIP/BUILDING ADDITION – 526-530 Anderson Hill Road, Block 643, Lots 7, 44, 49 – Consideration of Acceptance of Final Environmental Impact Statement Review
It appears, based upon language stated in the meeting agenda, the Planning Board will vote and may accept the FEIS as complete. If accepted as complete we the application will begin another review process. The Town will share/post the FEIS for public review, and schedule a public hearing.
The previous hearing concerning the Trinity Presbyterian Church Application and Draft Environmental Impact Statement ("DEIS") was closed on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.
As previously reported by PEPA, (background here: http://www.pepapurchaseny.com/index.php?p=73) the subsequent steps in the process required, in accordance with NY State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) that the Harrison Planning Board, as the lead agency, to prepare or cause to be prepared and file a final EIS and findings.” It is these final EIS findings (the FEIS) that will be considered, and possibly accepted as complete, at the upcoming session of the Planning Board.
While the July 23, 2015 agenda states that the SEQR Findings will be adopted, please note, it does not indicate that the Planning Board intends to vote or decide the fate of the application. Rather the acceptance of the FEIS is that the document is complete. This is one of the final steps in the SEQR process that “requires that each involved agency must prepare its own written SEQR findings statement, after a final EIS has been filed and before the agency makes a final decision.” The findings certify that the requirements of SEQRA have been met.
If accepted as complete, what happens next?
The FEIS will be examined by the Planning Board in preparation of a “findings statement” (positive or negative) and a vote. As part of this process the Board will schedule a hearing and consider public comments.
Further, PEPA’s consultants will thoroughly review the FEIS. Throughout this 18 month application process, PEPA has engaged the services of Legal Counsel (Harris Beach) and an Environmental Planning firm (Louis Berger Group) to analyze the application, and the DEIS for both substantive and procedural deficiencies. PEPA will review the FEIS (once it is made public) with equal diligence and prepare comments that will be presented and submitted at the public hearing. New letters will be posted to our website when available. Previous comments from PEPA’s consultants can be found here: http://www.pepapurchaseny.com/index.php?p=73
Thank you for your interest and support.