The New Paltz Town Board is trying to dust off a pre-pandemic project — the designation of “critical environmental areas” (CEAs) that must be given consideration during discussions of development, particularly by the planning board. Before the idea’s momentum was killed by the shutdown of just about everything back in March, there had been vigorous debate about whether this move would save the natural features of New Paltz, or if it would grind development to a halt by making it too difficult to knock down trees and pave more pastures . . .
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