Yesterday evening--Monday, January 23--the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council reported the following on its Facebook page:
We wrote to the Greenport Planning Board to assert that two environmental issues should be considered in deciding whether to approve Colarusso's proposed modifications to the South Bay causeway. Those are, in brief:
• The need for a complete evaluation of current conditions on the causeway, and of potential impacts on habitats and species that may result from the proposed changes.
• The need to restore tidal flow under the causeway to the isolated section of the wetland to its north.The entire letter, which is dated January 19, can be read here.
Meanwhile, on the waterfront, south of the dock, between the railroad tracks and the river, a new project involving gravel has been undertaken, on land zoned Core Riverfront.
On September 26, 2011, about six weeks before the Common Council adopted the current LWRP, William Sharp, principal attorney for the NYS Department of State, in explaining the protections written into the LWRP for the Core Riverfront District, which includes the "causeway," stated: "It would be at the point where something happens on the property, where the paving of the road--or the road needs to be regraded--if that's regraded, they're going to have to get a conditional use permit for the entire property." The main clause of that sentence bears repeating: "they're going to have to get a conditional use permit for the entire property." Sharp can be heard saying this on the audio recording archived by WGXC, which can be found here. His statement begins at 1:08:26.
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