October 15, 2012
Attending: John Savoca, John Flynn, John Kincart, Darlene Rivera, Richard Fon, Ann Kutter
Note: Given the extensive media coverage of the public hearing, these notes will not summarize the comments.
A video of the hearing will be available on the Town’s website, yorktownny.org, and will also be rebroadcast on Channel 20 (Cablevision) and Channel 33 (FIOS); for the schedule, scroll down to the bottom of the home page, for the link to the YGTV schedule.
The purpose of the public hearing was to give the public an opportunity to offer comments or ask questions about the project and the content of the DEIS. The applicant will respond to specific comments and questions in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The comments/questions dealt with traffic, the impact on local businesses and potential blight to existing hamlet areas, taxes, jobs, the environment, emergency services, public transportation.
After 26 speakers addressed the Board (14 against, 11 for, and one neutral) , the hearing was adjourned to October 29, at a location to be determined. Written comments can be sent to the Planning Department, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights.
The Board voted to reapprove the project as the applicant is still modifying his plans in order to meet Health Department concerns. Planning Director Tegeder raised the issue of whether the original SEQRA review for the project, completed in 2005, should be reviewed in light of new regulations. The applicant’s engineer will meet with Mr. Tegeder to review the project.
3. Autoparts International
After opening and closing a public hearing, the Board approved a five year special permit. A condition of the permit is that the plan will have to show the location of eight conservation parking spaces in order to compensate for the plan’s elimination of eight parking spaces.