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May 16, 2013

Blodgett plan critics complain at hearing


The commission recently received comments from the State University College at Oneonta regarding pedestrian traffic, storm water management and access to recreational trails.

The Otsego County Planning Department also submitted a document with specific comments pertaining to the Environmental Assessment Form.

At Wedneday’s meeting, David Merzig, city attorney, reviewed the EAF questions, Delaware Engineering’s recommendations about whether there were environmental impacts and possible response “yes” or “no” responses by the commission.

Of the 20 questions, eight had “yes” responses and will be reviewed in more detail next week and with consideration of the college’s and county’s comments, Merzig said.

The 12 questions pertained the project’s affect on the physical site, surface or ground groundwater, aesthetic resources, transportation system, character of the existing community and public controversy.

Finn said he wasn’t sure planners would vote on the EAF next week because it is likely they still will have questions about impacts.

The commission must complete the SEQR process before considering the developer’s site plan application.

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