Wetland mapping stirs UDC discussion
In addition to notifying landowners, DEC must also hold public meetings in areas where changes are proposed to the maps. “The department cannot take jurisdiction over a wetland that has not been mapped, and the maps have to be filed in the town in which the property lies and in the county,” added Rudge.
Dean said he has reviewed the maps and estimates they will identify an additional 16,000 acres of wetlands in Orange County. He questioned the impact on property values.
“There is a process for homeowners to go to their local assessor to grieve their assessment and reduce their tax liability,” said Rudge.
Rasjz asked whether the mapping would affect the river valley.
“There likely are new wetlands in the river corridor that will eventually be mapped,” he said.
The UDC meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at 211 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg. The public is welcome. For more information visit www.upperdela warecouncil.org or call 845/252-3022.