What happens now that DEIS comment time has ended?

September 25, 2009
by Christine Yeres

The written comment period is officially closed, so the developer is not required to respond in the environmental impact statement to issues raised after 5:00 p.m. today. However, in last Tuesday’s town board meeting Supervisor Barbara Gerrard reminded residents that the board is always ready to hear substantive comments and will take them into consideration in weighing the costs and benefits of the proposed development.  The board now has a new email address expressly to receive comments.  It is . . .

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And not only in writing…

Gerrard said too that she believes residents of New Castle should and do feel free to address the board on this or any other subject during the public comment period during each regular (televised) board meeting.

Next step

The town board will create a final environmental impact statement, a FEIS, in which it will state what it believes are the environmental impacts of the proposed action, given all the material it has studied.  Residents can see that material for themselves, on the town’s website.  Most involved or interested agencies have weighed in by now.  The school board’s comments are expected today before 5:00 p.m.

Find DEIS documents here.

Find other documents, such as those on alternative (town) uses, the finances of the project, and (eventually) the school board’s report on the effects of the project on the school district , here.

For a complete listing of NewCastleNOW.org’s previous articles and letters to the editor on Reader’s Digest, click here.

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