Information on Syosset Park Project

Information on Syosset Park Project

Syosset Park Project and the Environmental Review (SEQRA) Process

‘Syosset Park’ is a proposed development located on the northeast corner of the Long Island Expressway North Service Road (Miller Place) and Robbins Lane in Syosset. While a formal application has yet to be submitted to the Town of Oyster Bay for consideration, the developer has publicly shared visions for the property through community meetings and its website. Below is detailed information on the environmental process as per SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) regulations.

If you have specific questions on the proposed project, or information you’d like to discuss on specifics of the DEIS, you can reach out to the Developers at syosset.park@simon.com.

Environmental Review Process
In late March, the Town Board, as lead agency, determined that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was adequate for the purposes of public review. On May 1, the Town hosted a public SEQRA hearing regarding the DEIS at Syosset High School, accepting input and feedback from the community regarding the DEIS.

Hard copies of the DEIS are available at the Office of the Town Clerk, Syosset Library and Jericho Library. See below for a link to the DEIS online.
https://www.syossetpark.com and http://oysterbaytown.com/informationsyosset-park-draft-eis/

The public comment period for the DEIS was extended to provide residents with ample opportunity to read the DEIS and share their views. Comments will be accepted until July 31, 2018. Residents may comment via:

Contact: George Baptista, Jr., Town of Oyster Bay, 29 Spring Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Phone: (516) 677-5811, Fax: (516) 677-5730
E-mail: publiccomment@oysterbay-ny.gov or GBaptista@oysterbay-ny.gov or by filling out the form below.

What happens next?
After July 31, the Town will provide the applicant with all input received and an FEIS is prepared based on all substantive comments received. Following the acceptance of the FEIS, the Town must issue a ‘Findings Statement’ as per SEQRA regulations.
When both the environmental and planning process are complete, the matter will be referred to the Town Board.

FAQs:

What is an FEIS?
A final EIS must consist of: the draft EIS, including any revisions or supplements to it; copies or a summary of the substantive comments received and their source (whether or not the comments were received in the context of a hearing); and the lead agency’s responses to all substantive comments. The draft EIS may be directly incorporated into the final EIS or may be incorporated by reference. The lead agency (TOB) is responsible for the adequacy and accuracy of the final EIS.

Is there any value in commenting on a final EIS?
Interested parties or agencies may choose to submit comments on a final EIS to clarify points made earlier, or to identify comments that have not been satisfactorily responded to in the final EIS. These comments could influence the lead agency, or other involved agencies, in making findings and taking final actions.

Is a final EIS the last step in the SEQR EIS process?
No. The final step in SEQR is the preparation of findings by the lead agency and each involved agency at the time each makes its final decision regarding the proposed action. Findings are made after the final EIS has been accepted.

What is a Findings Statement?
The findings certify that the SEQRA requirements have been met and considers the relevant environmental impacts presented in the EIS and weighs and balances them with social, economic and other essential considerations.
A positive findings statement means that the project or action is approvable after consideration of the final EIS and demonstrates that the action chosen is the one that avoids or minimizes adverse environmental impacts to the maximum extent practicable.
If the action is not approvable, a negative findings statement documenting the reasons for the denial must be prepared.