Comments accepted on plan for golf club

Ken Lahmers Published:

FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting public comments regarding Aurora’s application for funds to acquire 191 acres of Aurora Golf Club property.
The city has posted on its website a notice from the OEPA dated Nov. 14 that comments are being taken on the EPA’s preliminary decision that a supplemental environmental study is not required to implement recommendations discussed in an environmental assessment of the city’s pollution control restoration and protection plan for the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River.
The city is seeking $4.5 million from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund through the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program to acquire the golf course land.
The OEPA’s preliminary environmental assessment found that the project does not require the preparation of a supplemental environmental study because its review concluded that significant environmental impacts will not result.
Written comments should be forwarded to Steve Malone, Ohio EPA, Box 1049, Columbus 43216-1049 or emailed to steve.malone@epa.state.oh.us. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 14.
The environmental assessment can be read by visiting the city’s website at www.auroraoh.com and checking the top right of the home page.
“OEPA is aware of some controversy about, and opposition to, the project, and is taking the somewhat unusual step of providing a 30-day public comment period as part of this environmental assessment for Aurora’s WRRSP project,” the environmental assessment states, adding the comments will contribute to the decision-making process and they will be considered by the OEPA.

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