WOODSTOCK, NY – City Council is considering a Water District Wellhead Protection District project to protect aquifers along State Route 212 between Bearsville and the Comeau property.
Councilor Laura Ricci said on Tuesday the bylaws would be part of council’s May 10 agenda before seeking approval from the Ulster County Planning Department.
“Beneath the Comeau it has been recognized that there are aquifers that if Woodstock needs new wells this is the opportunity,” she said. “So we made sure that every property that touched the aquifer was included in the overlay district. Then the Bearsville area is where the wells are today…and there are aquifers there.
While the proposed district extends from Comeau to Bearsville, there are approximately a dozen properties along State Route 212 that are not included in the district because they are not above the aquifer.
“Some things on both sides of 212 are not covered,” Ricci said.
Under the proposed law, building permits and certificates of occupancy involving interior or exterior improvements, renovations and structural alterations or additions to residential structures or their accessory structures will need to be approved by the board of directors. town planning. Exceptions would be made if the project did not involve the creation of additional bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens or the use of outdoor water such as outdoor showers, swimming pools or ponds.
Exemptions from Planning Board approval would also include public water and sewage improvements, except for geothermal or hydroelectric systems.
Project applications will also need to provide a list of all petroleum, chemical, fuel and other hazardous substances or wastes that would be used, generated, stored or disposed of on the property and include the quantities involved.
Other issues addressed in the bill include:
• Require that any property improvement that increases the amount of sewage or replaces an existing system be reviewed by the County Health Department or City Code Enforcement Office.
• Ensure that developments provide the city with evidence that state and federal requirements are being met for the storage of hazardous substances, pesticides, or petroleum. The requirement would include a spill prevention plan, record keeping for transportation and disposal, and an emergency response plan.
• Development of a stormwater management plan for impermeable surfaces for new projects with the exception of single-family and two-family dwellings.