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Nelson in line for possible state revitalization funding

— Also at the meeting, Councilor John Laubscher told the board that the town planning board had, on March 11, approved a resolution to adopt its own list of community development actions that can be considered Type II under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The purpose of the resolution is to make certain projects needing approval from the planning board quicker and easier for both the applicant and the board to approve.

SEQR requires government agencies — in this case the town planning board — to identify and mitigate any significant environmental impacts that will be caused by a proposed or permitted construction project which the agency has the discretion to approve. Type I actions are determined to have significant environmental impacts and require the completion of an Environmental Impact State and accompanying paperwork. A Type II action are actions which never require further SEQR review.

The state has a list of 37 Type II actions that it has determined do not have a significant adverse impact on the environment, and therefore no paperwork is needed to state it as such. Some examples of these include rebuilding or replacement of facilities, inkind, on the same site; routine activities of educational institutions, including expansions of existing facilities by less than 10,000 square feet; and maintenance and repair activities. The items included on the town’s new Type II list are lot line changes, lot consolidations and Type I minor subdivisions as defined in Section 902.2 of the town of Nelson Land Use and Development Law.

The board also approved during its March 13 meeting the resignation of Zoning Board of Appeals Member Diane Cass. Her resignation was necessary in order for her to take her seat on the town planning board, a change that the town board approved at its February meeting.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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