2016-10-12 / Front Page

Planners extend C&D application; New Kingston brewery plans on tap

Middletown planners have busy agenda
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

The Town of Middletown Planning Board is expected to grant a 120-day extension for John Blish’s application to build a construction and demolition debris processing facility when it gathers for its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Blish, whose proposal for a site he owns in Clovesville raised fears from neighbors and environmentalists in August, is expected to use the extension to prepare a more detailed application that will be used by the planning board to determine what sort of an environmental impact statement will be required.

Planning Board Secretary Beth Bush told the News this week that the longer application, about six pages in length, will be reviewed by the planning board as part of the SEQR process that assesses environmental impacts. “After review of that,” said Bush, “the board will determine whether to ‘pos dec’ or ‘neg dec’ the application.

The process

In the SEQR process, which is among the most stringent statewide environmental review acts in the nation, an application with a “neg dec” is assumed to have little to no impact on the environment and therefore merits little to no environmental review. A project with a “pos dec” must go through an extensive, time consuming and costly review process, usually involving paid engineers and other professionals to help determine the impact on the environment and what can be done to limit the impact.

Code Enforcement Officer Chris Plante told the News ear- lier this year that he also expected the Department of Environmental Conservation to weigh in on plans for this type of a facility. Should Blish wish to go forward, the planning board will review his completed application and determine what his next steps must be.

In other news from the community planning offices, Bush noted that the Faith American Brewing Company application will be scheduled for a public hearing on October 27, the outcome of which will determine whether the brewery project planned by Kelsey Grammar and associates in New Kingston will be granted variances needed to re-configure buildings on the property.

According to Bush, the development team seeks to take down a garage structure and re-build it closer to the barn, in a way that would accommodate trucks easily coming into and out of the complex. The preferred design will require variances and can’t go back to the planning board until after a public hearing and a ruling from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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