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Preserve at Indian Hills Update

6/5/2019 – Planning Board Not Accepting DEIS for The Preserve at Indian Hills at Today’s Meeting

Huntington – The Huntington Planning Board will not be accepting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for The Preserve at Indian Hills at today’s meeting.

Town Planning Department staff has requested additional information that had been identified in the Project Scoping but was not adequately covered in the proposed DEIS. The additional information sought is primarily in the areas of natural environmental resources, water and air resources, ecological resources and community-related character and services.

The DEIS is expected to be on the agenda for the June 19 Planning Board meeting.

The DEIS was prepared by Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC and submitted to the Town of Huntington Department of Planning and Environment on April 17, 2019.

The Planning Board was scheduled to determine, at their June 5 meeting, whether to accept the DEIS as adequate for public review in terms of scope and content, or return the DEIS to Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC with a written identification of the deficiencies.

On August 16, 2018, the Town of Huntington released The Preserve at Indian Hills Draft Scope submitted by the applicant for a public review and comment period, which ended Monday, September 17, 2018. During the public comment period on the Draft Scope, residents were encouraged to suggest any additional information pertinent to the The Preserve at Indian Hills project.

The Planning Board passed a resolution regarding The Preserve at Indian Hills at its August 8, 2018 meeting, declaring itself the lead agency for SEQRA review; issuing a Positive Declaration, citing a significant environmental impact with the proposed plan for 98 residences and a clubhouse for the Fort Salonga golf course development, requiring the applicant to provide a detailed environmental impact statement (DEIS); and requiring the applicant to submit a draft scope of topics for analysis, including impact on water quality, traffic and other issues.

The resolution adopted by the Planning Board on August 8 was sent to all involved agencies on August 14. A Draft Scope was received from the applicant on August 14 and the Town provided the document to the involved agencies and concerned members of the Fort Salonga Property Owners Association on August 15. The Town has 60 days from the receipt of the Draft Scope to provide a copy of it to all involved agencies until it is adopted.

The Preserve at Indian Hills Draft Scope document can be viewed on the Town’s website under the Planning & Environment Department page, under Site Specific Plans, Reports & Studies (select Senior Living Projects or Residential Projects). The Draft Scope assists the Town of Huntington Planning Board in evaluating the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).