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On this page you will find links and documents (pdf files) associated with all aspects of the development, and links to various articles that have appeared in the media.


In mid August, 2011, DEC sent to HRVR a report critical of their DEIS findings, and suggested that the project plan be scaled back to the "conservation resort alternative". This version, as mentioned in the DEIS, would include a spa/hotel and facilities but would greatly reduce the number of residential units placed on sensitive terrain. Aside from this suggestion, DEC detailed 55 areas in which HRVR's DEIS was found lacking, from water supply and sewerage treatment to construction impacts.

Click to download a PDF file of the DEC's August 11, 2011 DEIS comments.

Click to review all public comments made to the DEC on the DEIS

Click to visit Save The Lakes research pages, which include a wealth of documentation on all aspects of the proposed development.


IN THE NEWS:

More resort talk needed, some in Rosendale say
by William Kemble - The Daily Freeman, Ausust 15, 2012.

Rosendale commission has concerns about resort developer's zoning request
by William Kemble - The Daily Freeman, July 13, 2012.

Developer tweaks project planned for Williams Lake in Rosendale;
watchdog group still has concerns

by William Kemble - The Daily Freeman, March 25, 2012.

Rosendale Town Board to look at proposed zoning changes for Williams Lake project
by William Kemble - The Daily Freeman, September 13, 2011.

State wants more info on Williams Lake proposal
by William Kemble - The Daily Freeman, September 12, 2011.

Williams Lake resort plan should be scaled back, town-hired lawyer says
by William Kemble - The Daily Freeman, July 18, 2011.


On May 4, 2011, DEC accepted HRVR's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review. The period for the submission of written comments by the public closed on July 12, 2011 - written comments by the Town of Rosendale will be accepted by DEC until July 21, 2001.

Click here to review a synopsis of Save the Lakes concerns with the DEIS.

THE FULL DEIS SUBMISSION IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING AT THE HRVR WEBSITE.
The DEIS report itself is over 600 pages long, not counting the appendices - this length reflects the scale of the development and its potential impacts.

The DEIS submission is split into three areas: Table of Contents; The Report; and Appendices. Together, the expanded files total more than 600mb. 500mb is in the Appendices, which include the full Rosendale Comprehensive Plan and the like.

Digital and hard (paper) copies of the DEIS are available at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 3 Office: 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. Call 845-256-3054 to schedule an appointment.

Digital and hard (paper) copies at the Town of Rosendale, Supervisor's Office: 424 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472. 845-658-3159

Digital and hard (paper) copies at the Town of Rosendale Library: 264 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472. 845-658-9013


Important Background Documentation:

1)  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 'GREEN' OVERDEVELOPMENT POSES A NEW CHALLENGE IN ULSTER COUNTY.    THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SUMMER 2009 ISSUE OF THE SIERRA CLUB'S SIERRA ATLANTIC NEWSLETTER; IT PROVIDES A CLEAR OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT'S ISSUES AND IMPACTS.

2)  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PAUL RUBIN'S FACT SHEET(PDF) ON IMPORTANT WATER ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF WILLIAMS LAKE, PREPARED FOR SAVE THE LAKES

3)  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD AN OVERVIEW (PDF) OF THE GEOLOGY, LAKES, WETLANDS, AND WILDLIFE OF THE WILLIAMS LAKE PROPERTY CREATED FOR THE SIERRA CLUB BY HYDROLOGIST PAUL RUBIN


STL Status Report, July 2010


APRIL 1, 2009 - DEC RELEASES FINAL SCOPING DOCUMENT
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAVE THE LAKE'S DECEMBER 2010 LEGAL REPLY TO HRVR'S PUBLIC BELITTLING OF THE EWER'S REPORT.
THIS FILE INCLUDES A DETAILED HYDROGEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE ISSUES INVOLVED.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF DR. RALPH EWER'S INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC REVIEW OF HRVR'S CLAIM OF "NO KARST." (SEPTEMBER 2010)

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE FINAL SCOPING DOCUMENT

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SAVE THE LAKES SCOPING COMMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE DEC
Special thanks go out to the Biodiversity Partnership for their submission, and to Paul Rubin for his expert hydrological analysis.
At this juncture - October 2012 - both permit applications and HRVR's Final Environmental Impact Statement are under review by the Department of Environmental Conservation. When accepted, there will be a short period during which public comment will be accepted.
DEC TIMELINE
On July 2, 2008: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis named DEC Region 3 office as lead agency for the SEQRA review process.

On August 4, DEC sent out SEQR Positive Declaration (DEC No. 3-5146-00063/00007) outlining 16 major impacts of concern to be addressed in the scoping process.

On September 17, 2008 the DEC issued a Draft Scoping Document for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) an important 20 page, detailed document.

April 2010: DEC rejects HRVR's first submitted DEIS as insufficient and incomplete, and admonishes HRVR for not copying the Town of Rosendale with the submission.
(Document obtained through FOIL request).

May 2010: HRVR submits a legal appeal to the DEC that contests the DEC's position, and urges that the environmental review process be expedited. (Document obtained through FOIL request).

June 2010: DEC rejects this appeal. (Document obtained through FOIL request).

August 2010: Rosendale Town Planning Board and Environmental Commission provide DEC with 18 pages of comments on the DEIS, and urge the hiring of an independent karst expert to review HRVR's data. (Document obtained through FOIL request)

September 2010: Expert hydro-geologist Dr. Frank Ewers submits his scientific review of the water aspects of HRVR's rejected DEIS report, claiming HRVR "cavalierly dismissed" the presence of karst geology at the Williams Lake site. (Document obtained through FOIL request)

May 4, 2011: DEC accepts the DEIS for public review.

August 11, 2011: DEC submits comments to HRVR detailing deficiencies in the DEIS, and suggesting that the plan be scaled back.

March 21, 2012: HRVR submits draft Final Environmental Impact Statement, countering the DEC's request to consider other alternatives by offering a small reduction (4-6%) in the number of residential units, leaving the overall scope and scale of the plan almost unchanged.

June 1, 2012: the DEC returns the FEIS to HRVR, declaring that "revisions and additional information are necessary".

August 2012: the DEC rejects as incomplete all 7 of HRVR's pending permit applications.
Following are links to articles about the proposed development that have appeared in local and regional newspapers over through 2010.

----The Daily Freeman - Rosendale consultant sees flaws in resort study November 02, 2010

----Letter: Standards of Excellence - Rosendale Supervisor Patrick McDonough's perspective on HRVR's belittling of the Ewer's report. Published in the Daily Freeman November 30, 2010

----The Daily Freeman - Proposed environmental study for Williams Lake project deemed inadequate April 24, 2010

----The Daily Freeman - Assessment hike limit defended for Williams Lake site March 22, 2010

----The Daily Freeman - Williams Lake site developer waits on DEC February 10, 2009

----The Daily Freeman - Williams Lake development proposal faces scrutiny today February 6, 2009

----The Daily Freeman - Williams Lake developer may seek tax relief January 28, 2009

----The Daily Freeman - Escrow account for planned resort may grow January 16, 2009

----The Daily Freeman - Resident questions deficit in Rosendale escrow account for Williams Lake review January 14, 2009

----The Daily Freeman - Rosendale enlists legal aid for resort review September 12, 2008.

----Hudson Valley Business News: Williams Lake site under state eco-umbrella July 28, 2008

----The Daily Freeman - Williams Lake developers will propose zoning change. December 4, 2007

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Ulster County Press June 7, 2007

----The New York Times summarizes the situation. September 23, 2007

----Ulster County Press August 8, 2007. Residents rally 'round the lake

----The Sierra Club - Williams Lake Threatened!

----The Daily Freeman - Williams Lake Owner Mum on Resort Plan, For Now.

----The Daily Freeman - TOWN BOARD AND PLANNING BOARD TO SHARE LEAD AGENCY STATUS?

----msnbc.com 02/14/08: Mysterious "white nose syndrome" spreads to endangered Indiana Bats in Caves of Williams Lake


PLEASE BE ADVISED that citizens who wish their opinion to be known on this issue should send a letter to the Town Supervisor, Mr. Pat McDonough, Town Hall, P.O. Box 423, Rosendale, NY 12472, with a copy to the Regional Director of DEC Region III, Mr. Willie Janeway, at the DEC office in New Paltz, and whose mailing address is 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1696.

Supervisor McDonough welcomes your comments, as does Mr. Janeway at the DEC.

Other background documentation:

Click here to download a PDF of the DEC August 4, 2008 SEQR Positive Declaration outlining 16 major impacts of concern to be addressed in the Scoping Process.

Click here to download a PDF of DEC Commissioner Grannis' decision to name DEC Region 3 as Lead Agency.

Click here to download a PDF of DEC Regional director Janeway's 01/04/08 letter to the Town outlining the reasons that DEC requested Lead Agency.

Click here to download a PDF of Mr. Janeways' follow-up letter dated 02/11/08 answering concerns expressed by Rosendale town officials on the Lead Agency issue.

Click here to download a PDF attorney Ed Williams' letter to Commissioner Grannis detailing the history and physical features of Williams Lake along with an exhaustive analysis of HRVR's development plan.

Submission by Canopy/HRVR to the Town of Rosendale:

Canopy/HRVR submitted a proposed zoning amendment change to the Town of Rosendale. Since spot zoning is illegal, this document instead describes the project plan and suggests that this plan outline a new spa/resort zoning requirement for the town. This is an attempted end-run around the issue of spot zoning, and would constitute a developer-driven rewriting of the zoning code.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD ANALYSIS AND QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD CANOPY'S SUBMISSION LETTER
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE CANOPY'S ZONING PETITION
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD AMENDMENT EXHIBIT D
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD HRVR's PROPOSED DRAFT SCOPING DOC

Starting in late 2007, Save the Lakes has sponsored a number of public forums to discuss various aspects of the proposed development, from alternatives to impacts. These events include:

RESORTING TO MADNESS - DECEMBER 2007 (PDF)
ALTERNATIVES TO CANOPY - APRIL 2008 (PDF)
SCOPING FORUM - OCTOBER 2008 (PDF)
FLOW: WATER ISSUES - APRIL 2009 (PDF)
A TALK BY U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MAURICE HINCHEY - APRIL 2010 (PDF)

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We at Save the Lakes firmly believe that this gated community/real-estate "resort" plan is an example of inappropriate overdevelopment. Community character, the health of the local economy at the grassroots level, water resources and the environment will all be adversely impacted.


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