To the editor:
On March 19, the town planning board rescinded the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) negative declaration and replaced it with a SEQR positive declaration.
The SEQR Negative Declaration was previously issued by the Planning Board on Oct. 22, 2012. A negative declaration provides that "the project will not result in any large or important impacts and, therefore, is one which will not have a significant impact on the environment."
Since that time, certain interested agencies including the Village of Skaneateles, Onondaga County Health Department and City of Syracuse Water Department, as well as legal counsel representing interested Town and Village of Skaneateles residents and the Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles, have made the Planning Board aware of new and significant information.
As a result of this new and significant information, the Planning Board issued a SEQR Positive Declaration which provides that "the project may result in one or more large and important impacts that may have a significant impact on the environment."
The Positive Declaration will require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by VSM Enterprises, LLC. The first step in this process is called "scoping", which addresses the significant environmental impacts to be included in the EIS. A specific "scoping" meeting with VSM and the Planning Board will be called for such purpose.
At the March 2013 Planning Board Meeting, it was stated that the stand-alone scoping meeting was to be held in May. However, as of this writing, no such meeting has been scheduled.
I strongly encourage the community to continuously review the town website (townofskaneateles.com) to see when this meeting will be held so all interested persons will attend.
I have researched the proposed development and have prepared reports discussing existing comparable facilities and providing objective information showing the intended purpose, operations, scope and use of the proposed facilities. These reports can be found on the website of the Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles (cpcskan.org).