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New York State St. Lawrence-Eastern Ontario Commission Project Review Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The St. Lawrence-Eastern Ontario Commission had responsibilities for the preservation, protection, development, and use of the unique natural resources of the St. Lawrence River Valley and the lands adjacent to Lake Ontario's eastern shores, an area bordering St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oswego, and Cayuga counties. Project review files contain analysis of archaeological, ecological, and historical effects; local and regional economic impact; conformity with standards of other government agencies; and visual, olfactory, and auditory effects.
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33 cubic feet (containing 245 maps): bulk whiteprints, annotated; 22 x 28 cm to 90 x 61 cm.
Inclusive Dates:
1970-1994
Series Number:
13405

Arrangement

13405-86Rough alphabetical order by name of municipality in which project is located.

13405-95Geographical.

13405-98:Alphabetical by county and then by locality of project.

Administrative History

The St. Lawrence-Eastern Ontario Commission (SLEOC) was created by Chapter 394 of the Laws of 1969 as an executive agency. Chapter 74 of the Laws of 1971 reconstituted the commission as an independent unit within the Office of Planning Services, and transferred its staff and activities to that office.

The SLEOC had responsibilities for the preservation, protection, development, and use of the unique natural resources of the St. Lawrence River Valley and the lands adjacent to Lake Ontario's eastern shores, an area bordering St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oswego, and Cayuga counties. It reviewed development projects as part of its function to preserve, enhance, and develop that region, particularly to meet statewide standards and develop long-range regulatory policy on conservation and development of coastal resources.

Scope and Content Note

Project review files include correspondence and memoranda on the project review program; application forms and information sheets for initial and final project review; sponsor data submission forms, giving project name, location (indicated on a map), county, municipality, specific location, project contacts (sponsor, agent, consultant), and date of submission; project review summaries, including project name, sponsor, location, description, extensive remarks on submissions, inspections, and review periods; and full analysis of commission findings on all review factors; copies of pertinent rules and regulations; legal notices and announcements of public hearings, news releases, hearing registration cards, and transcripts of public hearings; and interdepartmental memoranda on granting of relevant permits, or copies of data submitted with applications for permits relative to the project (e.g., permits to discharge effluent).

Information contained in the project review summaries is particularly useful. Factors analyzed include archeological, ecological, and historical effects; local and regional economic impact; conformity with standards of other government agencies; and visual, olfactory, and auditory effects.

Non-textual materials found in the series include: a few photographs and annotated aerial views of project sites; contract drawings, layout sketches, details, elevations, and various location, site, roof, foundation, sewer and floor plans (predominantly whiteprint copies); and maps specifically required as part of the review process (mostly photocopies, whiteprints, or print maps that are often annotated).

Maps submitted as exhibits in the initial review stage are significant because of the commission's charge to evaluate projects in light of a broad range of existing and proposed conditions. A map of the entire town (or civil division) typically gives information on county/city limits; municipality; project boundaries; street address/lot numbers; and map scale, title (or source) and date. An "existing condition" map typically gives information on: map scale, title (or source) and date; project boundaries; site area (in acres or square feet); ownership boundaries and easements; existing zoning classifications on and adjacent to the site; existing topography (contour intervals at 5' maximum); existing land uses on or adjacent to the site; bodies of water and drainage courses on or adjacent to the site; trees, rock outcrops, and other natural features; utilities providing services to the site; roads and other means of access to the site; all buildings and structures on the site (with type and height); and major buildings and structures on land adjacent to the site (with type and height).

A proposed site development plan forms a third exhibit in the initial review process. A map done at the same scale as the one showing existing conditions shows: project boundaries (including staging boundaries, if applicable); site areas (acres or square feet) for each stage of development; proposed land uses; proposed zoning; proposed contours and grade elevations; utilities; proposed roads, streets, pedestrian walkways, parking lots, and other paved areas; locations of all proposed buildings, walls, fences, and other structures; trees, planted areas, and landscaping details; and any other feature which would constitute an important change to existing site conditions.

The final exhibit in the initial review is an environmental impact statement. It consists of the sponsor's evaluation of the relative impact of the proposed project on the natural environment in the vicinity of the site, including effects on water, air, and visual quality, noise pollution, and the effects of the project on existing natural resources.

Releases typically announce board meetings, decisions of the board, commission activities and results of notable project reviews. Resolutions relate to such concerns of the commission as requests to other commissions, boards, and corporations to take steps to achieve desirable environmental conditions; results of elections to participate in proposals of other commissions; requests to the governor to reconsider recommendations to dissolve the commission; support and encouragement to improve planning, access, and useof highways; and agreements with corporations to develop and maintain navigation facilities.

13405-95: In addition to the various forms of material found in previous accessions, this accretion contains meeting minutes of the board of the commission, news releases, and resolutions of the board.

A distinct subset of this accretion consists of project review files which were active when the commission ceased operation.

13405-98: This accretion consists of project review files that strayed from the bulk of the series. Included are application forms and information sheets for initial and final project review; project review summaries; applications for permits relative to the project; correspondence and memoranda; and some location maps. Projects are primarily located in Jefferson County, but St. Lawrence and Oswego counties are also represented.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Related Information

Other finding aids

13405-95: Container list.

Custodial History

13405-98: This accretion resulted from a project by Archives staff in 1998 to integrate or accession estrayed or unidentified records.

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Detailed Description

Contents Box

Accretion: 13405-95
Jefferson County: Town of Alexandria 1
Jefferson County: Town of Alexandria; Village of Alexandria Bay 2
Jefferson County: Village of Alexandria Bay; Town of Brownville; Village of Dexter 3
Jefferson County: Village of Dexter; Village of Glen Park; Town of Cape Vincent 4
Jefferson County: Town of Cape Vincent; Village of Cape Vincent; Town of Clayton 5
Jefferson County: Town of Clayton; Village of Clayton 6
Jefferson County: Village of Clayton; Town of Ellisburg 7
Jefferson County: Town of Ellisburg; Village of Mannsville; Town of Henderson 8
Jefferson County: Town of Henderson; Town of Hounsfield; Town of Lyme 9
Jefferson County: Town of Lyme 10
Jefferson County: Town of Lyme; Village of Chaumont; Town of Orleans 11
Jefferson County: Town of Orleans; Village of Sackets Harbor; Cayuga County: Town Sterling; Village of Fairhaven 12
Jefferson County: Village of Sackets Harbor 13
Oswego County: Town of Mexico; Village of Mexico; Town of New Haven; Town of Oswego 14
Oswego County: City of Oswego 15
Oswego County: City of Oswego 16
Oswego County: City of Oswego; Village of Pulaski 17
Oswego County: Village of Pulaski; Town of Richland 18
Oswego County: Town of Richland 19
Oswego County: Town of Richland; Town of Sandy Creek 20
Oswego County: Town of Sandy Creek; Village of Sandy Creek; Town of Scriba 21
St. Lawrence County: Town of Hammond 22
St. Lawrence County: Village of Hammond; Town of Lisbon; Town of Louisville 23
St. Lawrence County: Town of Massena 24
St. Lawrence County: Town of Massena 25
St. Lawrence County: Town of Massena 26
St. Lawrence County: Village of Massena; Town of Morristown; Village of Morristown 27
St. Lawrence County: Village of Morristown; City of Ogdensburg 28
St. Lawrence County: Village of Morristown; City of Ogdensburg 29
St. Lawrence County: City of Ogdensburg 30
St. Lawrence County: City of Ogdensburg; Town of Oswegatchie 31
St. Lawrence County: Town of Oswegatchie; Village of Heuvelton; Town of Waddington 32
St. Lawrence County: Town of Waddington 33
News Releases 1974-1995; Meeting Minutes 1970-1995; Resolutions 1974-1995 34
All Counties: Project Review Files-Active (Possibly Under Review When Commission Was Abolished May 1995 35