Auburn city councilors approved the environmental review for the Court Street parking lot Thursday without much discussion.
Councilors unanimously voted to issue a negative declaration for the State Environmental Quality Review report during the Auburn City Council meeting. The report states the project will not have a significant negative impact on the environment.
The SEQR was a point of concern in September when the project was first presented. Court Street resident and local attorney Roberta Williams spoke before the council in September and claimed the SEQR report was inaccurate and that expanding the parking lot would lead to additional issues with drainage and runoff.
This led the city to pursue a long-form environmental review, which council approved at the meeting. During last week’s city council meeting, on Feb. 22, city engineer Ken Tanner highlighted measures the city will take to minimize runoff and flooding issues, such as installing additional drains, planting trees and shrubs and building a new retaining wall.