The information below contains information that led to the creation of the Critical Environmental Areas Summary Report in 2011. After public comment in December of 2011, the Town Board sent that report back to the Conservation Board for further review, and an expanded justification for each CEA.

Today, the Conservation Board is reviewing several CEAs each month, adding justification in an expanded report, and referring those that are ready to the Town Board for designation.  A legal Public Hearing will be scheduled by the Town Board as they receive nominees from the Conservation Board.

The Schedule and Information related to the Conservation Board’s review can be found here.

The Schedule and Project Information related to the Town Board can be found here.

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Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) designates a CEA as an area that must have an exceptional or unique character with respect to one or more of the following:

  • a benefit or threat to human health;
  • a natural setting (e.g., fish and wildlife habitat, forest and vegetation, open space and areas of important aesthetic or scenic quality);
  • agricultural, social, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, or educational values; or
  • an inherent ecological, geological or hydrological sensitivity to change that may be adversely affected by any change.

Following designation, the potential impact of any Type I or Unlisted Action on the environmental characteristics of the CEA is a relevant area of environmental concern and must be evaluated in the determination of significance prepared pursuant to Section 617.7 of SEQR.
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DRAFT: Dryden CEA Documents-

The following Critical Environmental Area document incorporates the analysis of a variety of data including Unique Natural Areas (as previously defined by the Unique Natural Areas Inventory  (Revised, January 2000) prepared by the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council), wetlands, steep slopes, scenic areas, topography, floodplains, etc. A full description of the process for creating the Critical Environmental Areas is described here (Designation Process and Intent).

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Conservation Board Review

 (Final Documents and Drafts)

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Original CEA Documents

OLD DRAFT-  CEA ANALYSIS MAP (PDF 6.3 MB)

Map includes:

  • Steep Slopes greater than 15%
  • Easements
  • State Lands
  • Unique Natural Areas
  • Floodzones
  • Preserves
  • State Wetlands
  • Federal Wetlands

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OLD DRAFT-  TOWN OF DRYDEN CEA MAPS & DOCUMENT (PDF 6.5 MB)

This document includes information about each individual CEA, such as:

  • Description, Threats, and Recommended Mitigation
  • Acreage, Latitude and Longitude, UNA and Wetland numbers
  • CEA’s with DOT Planimetric Map, and Lot Lines

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OLD DRAFT-  TOWN OF DRYDEN CEA MAP ONLY (PDF 8.5 MB)

This map shows all of the town and includes:

  • CEA’s with DOT Planimetric data
  • Lot Lines
  • Roads

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CEA Comments on Old Drafts-

Comments received by the Town Board in regards to CEAs can be downloaded here:
Comments1 (pdf)
Comments2 (pdf)

NOTE: At the January 18th Town Board Meeting, the Board passed a resolution closing the public hearing but declaring that written comments would continue to be accepted for a period of one month. Please send any further comments to the Town Supervisor at 93 E Main St, Dryden, NY 13053 OR to Supervisor@dryden.ny.us.

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