Threat: A major development project, entitled "Seven Peaks On Mountain Road," has been proposed for the southern Shawangunks. The Seven Peaks property envelops 650 acres of the Shawangunks as it drapes over the ridge top and proceeds down the eastern flank as well as part of the western slope. See the map.
This venture incorporates 3 phases:
- Phase I entails building a gated community with 49 houses (8500-square-foot, 6 bedrooms, 7+ baths), $8 million houses on 5-acre or larger lots.
- Phase II comprises a 200-room hotel, conference center, spa and restaurants.
- Phase III involves further residential development on parcels of 17 and 10 acres.
Notably, this proposal's environmental review must scrutinize Seven Peaks' impact at full build-out (all 3 phases). Analyzing only one phase at a time is "segmentation," a State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) violation.
The Mamakating planning board is the lead agency, or overseer, for environmental review of this endeavor.
April 22, 2014: Trail Conference representatives participate with BKAA, 7 Peaks, and planning board in a review and discussion of the project's preliminary FEIS. Trail Conference and BKAA left the meeting with continued concerns about the project's impact on the Ridge and the now decades-old Shawangunk Ridge Trail project.
Read the Final Scoping Document: