Hudson River Palisades SEQR Review

Hudson River Palasades
Planners from Turner Miller Group were instrumental in the successful environmental and subdivision plan review of a very sensitive project proposed for the Hudson River Palisades in the Village of South Nyack. The 17 acre site, which had an average grade in excess of 35 percent, was once owned by Nyack College. Upon its sale to private development interests, several applications were made including a plan for 64 townhouse units. A more realistic application for 24 new lots was submitted in March 2002 and the SEQRA review was initiated.

Over the course of more than a year, the Village of South Nyack deliberated with the project sponsor over the potential impacts from erosion and stormwater runoff, potential impacts to scenic views from the Hudson River and Tappan Zee bridge as well as impacts to the community character of this quaint Hudson Valley Village. TMG planners were instrumental in reaching a compromise acceptable to all parties which consisted of a reduced-density subdivision, clustered on the flatter portions of the site. The plan preserved open spaces screening the most important views from the Hudson River and Tappan-Zee Bridge and clearing was limited in areas between lots as well as between the upper and lower roads to provide adequate screening of proposed homes.