Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Terravest Phase II and III Developments in the Town of Southeast.



Government Agencies

Putnam County
Soil and Water Conservation District
841 Fair Street,
Carmel, NY 10512

October 16, 2002

Mr. George Rohrman, Chairman
Town of Southeast Planning Board
67 Main Street Brewster, NY 10509

Re: Terravest Corporate Park Phases Two and Three Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Dear Mr. Rohrman:

I have completed a quick review of the Terravest Corporate Park Phases II and III, Draft Environmental Impact Statement due to time constraints. If the Planning Board extends the time period, I could conduct a more detailed review. I offer the following comments regarding the DEIS.

• The soils that are in the proposed subsurface disposal system are Charlton-Chatfield (CrC) and ChatfieldCharlton (CsD). According to the Soil Survey of Putnam and Westchester Counties, these soil types are not conducive to septic absorption fields.
• All of the water quality basins and detention basins are located in the 100' buffer of Town and ACOE wetlands. These buffers are there to protect the wetlands and should not contain these basins. The 100' buffers would filter out contaminants in the discharge water from these basins before entering the wetland.
• Is the snack bar and restrooms by the ball fields on its own SSDS or does it connect with the sewage treatment plant?
• Any of the proposed dumpster pads should be surrounded by grass filter strips to filter any contaminants before entering any catch basins or water bodies.
• I feel there should be a dense buffer between the commercial (Phase II) from the residential (Phase III) to limit noise and view. Since the existing trees that are to remain in place are not identified, I recommend that dense plantings of evergreens be added in these areas as well as all the plantings to limit view and noise all year round.

If you have nay questions regarding these comments, please call at your convenience.


Lauri Taylor
District Manager

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