The project known as the Enclave proposed by Diversified Properties, LLC and under the direction of Engineering & Surveying Properties, PC returned before the Town of Newburgh Planning Board on Thursday, May 18 which adopted the final scope and thus prepared the Draft Environmental Impact Statement process to begin. The project is a proposed 246 apartment development built on land along Route 300 about which public commentators had brought forward concerns regarding traffic and natural impacts.
Planning Board Attorney Dominic Cordisco provided an overview of the process to the public gathered. “The planning board has decided for the Enclave project to require an environmental impact statement and that’s a lengthy environmental review associated with looking at and identifying all the potential environmental impacts, and what could or should be done to mitigate those impacts,” said Cordisco.
“They’re at the very beginning of this process, because they provided a scope for the environmental review and the scope that basically sets forth all the various different things that will have to be included in the environmental review as the project moves forward. The planning board at this point is looking to identify finalized scope in its discussion tonight, so that the project could then go forward with looking at and completing the various different studies that are being required by the planning board with public input.
Once the applicant conducts their various studies according to Cordisco, a draft EIS will be submitted to the planning board and will be compared to the final scope to ensure that it is being followed. Several drafts may result before it is available for public review. Once the draft EIS is ready for public review, a public hearing notice will be sent out and advertised to the public according to Cordisco. As of the meeting on Thursday night, a petition on Change.org titled “Stop the building of “The Enclave” has 270 signatures thus far of varying residents who do not wish to see the project moved forward.