Harrison Planning Board Holds Special Public Hearing on Trinity Church

Sat, Dec 6, 2014 • Trinity Presbyterian

The final public hearing concerning the Trinity Presbyterian Church (TPC) Application was heard and closed on Tuesday, December 2nd, 7:30 pm, Harrison Municipal Building, One Heinemann Place, Harrison, NY.

However the written comment period remains open, and remarks, concerns and questions can be submitted to the Town Village Harrison Planning Board to the attention of Rosemarie Cusumano, Planning & Zoning Board Secretary, via email: RoeCusumano@harrison-ny.gov until January 20, 2015.

Throughout this 12 month process, PEPA has engaged the services of Legal Counsel (Harris Beach) and an Environmental Planning firm (Louis Berger Group) to analyze the appliction, most recently the DEIS for both substantive and procedural deficiencies, and items that do not  satisfy the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA).

The following letters, with most recent comments, were submitted last Tuesday. They highlight the deficiencies in Trinity Presbyterian Church's ("TPC") Draft Environmental Impact Statement (the "DEIS"). Further they request the Planning Board require Trinity Church to submit a supplemental draft environmental impact statement ("SDEIS"). If the Planning Board decides to require the SEIS a new public hearing would be required on the SEIS and this would restart the process again.

What’s next in the process?

In accordance with State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) the Planning Board, as the lead agency, must prepare or cause to be prepared and must file a final EIS, within 45 calendar days after the close of the hearing/comment period. The findings will be shared with the public at an upcoming session of the Planning Board and the public will be noticed.

"The Findings must: consider the relevant environmental impacts, facts and conclusions disclosed in the final EIS; weigh and balance relevant environmental impacts with social, economic and other considerations; provide a rationale for the agency's decision; certify that the requirements of this Part have been met; certify that consistent with social, economic and other essential considerations from among the reasonable alternatives available, the action is one that avoids or minimizes adverse environmental impacts to the maximum extent practicable, and that adverse environmental impacts will be avoided or minimized to the maximum extent practicable by incorporating as conditions to the decision those mitigative measures that were identified as practicable. No state agency may make a final decision on an action that has been the subject of a final EIS and is located in the coastal area until the agency has made a written finding that the action is consistent with applicable policies set forth in 19 NYCRR 600.5.”

Further SEQR info can be found here.

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