Ballston requires more stringent review on asphalt plant

— As part of the SEQR, all components of the proposal must be examined. This includes, - and most importantly relevant to the site in question – sequenced new construction plus conversion of old facilities. That, along with the rural and agricultural aesthetic of the town, will most have to be taken into account.

Once the DEIS is accepted by the town, it will be made available for public review and public comment. There may or may not be a SEQR hearing (that step is optional given circumstances of the process). The final EIS willthen be drafted.

The largest concerns identified with the proposed use of the Curtis Industries site include traffic, air quality and noise. To address the traffic concerns of the site, Wendy Holsberger of The Chazen Companies will be devloping a traffic plan.

“We’re providing apublic improvement by adding a left-hand turn. We also collected real time dateand historical data, looked at the site and did a thorough analysis. It’s quite an extensive process,” said Holsberger.

There is one entrance/exit on the site, with no more proposed. Holsberger said the site would likely see 28 truck trips in one hour during high-volume traffic times in the morning and late afternoon, which are typically commuter times.

“Two components (that would be built) will exceed the height allowance in the town, and wouldbe 70 feet tall. Right now the maximum height allowed in the town is 40 feet,” Doyle said.

Ferradino pointed to a 300-foot cell tower adjacent to the site for comparison.

Callahan will assume the cost of drafting the DEIS.

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