As Village of New Paltz Planning Board members work to finalize the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for New Paltz Apartments, town Planning Board members must ensure that all of their questions are answered as well. This is a proposal to build housing for 650 in cottages just south of campus on Route 32. The project is baked into a petition to have this land annexed into the village, because that would provide the zoning and the water and sewer needed to make this project possible. However, one access road will remain outside of the village. While all land in the village is also in the town, town Planning Board members only review proposals that are outside of the village line. Since this project will only move forward if the annexation is approved, the lead agency for the environmental review is the village Planning Board; that review must take place before the annexation vote. That’s why town Planning Board members, if they want to have any environmental questions answered about the small portion that they are reviewing, must see to it that those questions are included in the scope of the EIS.
A SEQRA public scoping session will be held remotely via Zoom and in-person to provide an opportunity for public input on the draft scoping document for the New Paltz Apartment project on Tuesday, July 20, 7 p.m., at the Athletic and Wellness Center on the SUNY New Paltz Campus. A complete copy of the application is available on the Village of New Paltz website at https://www.villageofnewpaltz.org/new-paltz-apartments/. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at https://zoom.us/j/96737969170?pwd=MmF5dnVZcmFLK1pBMW05S1QySW5GQT09.