Silo Ridge settles with Amenia Game Club

Architect's sketch of Silo Ridge
Club withdraws action, stay lifted
In a brief appearance at the Supreme Court on Thursday, lawyers for the petitioners, The Amenia Fish and Game Club, submitted papers discontinuing the Article 78 proceeding against the town and its planning board and the developer of the Silo Ridge project. In a brief appearance at the Supreme Court on Thursday, lawyers for the petitioners, The Amenia Fish and Game Club, submitted papers discontinuing the Article 78 proceeding against the town and its planning board and the developer of the Silo Ridge project.The club has entered into an agreement under which the developer will pay for the construction of an above ground shooting range. The enclosed range serves two purposes: to provide safety for residences within 500 feet of the range and to mitigate the sound of shooting that might be a nuisance to houses on the Silo Ridge property. The terms of the agreement have not been made available to the club members or to the public. 

While the action commenced by the club was broadly based, and raised issues that included violations of the zoning laws, failure to take a hard look under SEQRA and failure to mitigate identified environmental issues of significance, the club abandoned these issues and only dealt with the noise factor from the shooting range. 

 The Silo Ridge application now goes before the Amenia Town Board whose composition will change slightly on January 1 when at least one new member will be added to the board.

Meanwhile, at a town board meeting on Wednesday, Pedro Torres told the town board that he had received a form of conservation easement from the North American Land Trust headquartered in Chadds Ford, Pa. that is known to work with developers.  The Amenia Zoning law requires that 80 percent of the land be subject to a conservation easement.  The developer had rejected the easement proposed by the Dutchess Land Conservancy.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is winding up its review of the project.  The DEC has made a tentative determination to approve the application for a SPDES permit. Comments on this project can be submitted in writing to John W Petronella at the DEC by November 20, 2015. Details are at

http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20151021_reg3.html - 313200006900010