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NYSDEC Adopts Update to SEQR Regulations

NYSDEC Adopts Update to SEQR Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) announced on June 28, 2018 that it had adopted a rulemaking package directed at updating its regulations relating to the State Environmental Quality Review (“SEQR”). The updates – DEC’s first to its SEQR regulations in more than two decades – are the product of an effort that began in February 2017 with the DEC’s filing of an initial notice and, following a series of public comment periods and subsequent revisions, culminated with its publication of the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“FGEIS”) and revised text of the regulations. As revised, the regulations become effective on January 1, 2019 and apply to all actions for which a determination of significance has not been made by January 1, 2019. For projects that receive a determination of significance made prior to January 1, 2019, the existing SEQR regulations (which originally took effect in 1996) will continue to apply. Once effective, the revised regulations could have a significant impact on SEQR’s applicability to future development projects. The new regulations contemplate a number of mechanical changes to the environmental review process itself, including mandatory scoping of environmental impact statements, changes to the required content of environmental impact...

NYSDEC Announces Proposed Amendments to SEQRA Regulations

NYSDEC Announces Proposed Amendments to SEQRA Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) recently announced proposed amendments to the regulations implementing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), 6 N.Y.C.R.R. Part 617. The amendments mark the first update to the SEQRA regulations in over 20 years. According to a press release issued by the NYSDEC, “[t]he update is designed to encourage smart growth and sustainable development across the state” and is intended to compliment the agency’s implementation of the New York State Lean Initiative, which the NYSDEC says has “improved public responsiveness and performance at DEC while maintaining high standards of environmental and natural resource protection.” The press release explains that “[t]he proposed amendments to SEQR will both streamline and strengthen the State’s environmental review process by expanding the actions not subject to further review, known as Type II actions, modifying certain thresholds for actions deemed more likely to require the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS), making scoping of an EIS mandatory rather than optional, and making the acceptance procedures for a draft EIS more consistent.” Examples of proposed Type II actions that would be added to the SEQR regulations include: installation of broadband within an existing right-of-way; green infrastructure upgrades or...

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) 0

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

Jennifer M. Porter, Esq., a Director in the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, will be a speaker at Lorman’s New York CLE Program SEQRA, on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Latham, New York. The all-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), including specific discussion on regulatory requirements and compliance, the integration of SEQRA with the project review process, cumulative impacts and segmentation, the new environmental assessment forms, the proposed amendments to SEQRA, as well as offer practical advice on how to use SEQRA to obtain a better project without bankrupting the applicant. Ms. Porter will be part of the afternoon panel and will be discussing SEQRA litigation issues including the statute of limitations, standing to sue, defending or attacking negative declarations and procedural and substantive judicial review.

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) 0

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

Jennifer M. Porter, Esq., a Director with the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, will be a speaker at Lorman’s New York CLE Program SEQRA, on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Long Island (Carle Place), New York. The all-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) including specific discussion on regulatory requirements and compliance, analysis methodologies and techniques of SEQRA, recent trends and case law, incorporating renewable resources into the planning process and environmental review of public/private partnerships. Ms. Porter will be part of the morning panel and will be discussing SEQRA basics, including applicable state and local regulations, SEQRA processes and procedures, agencies and decisions subject to SEQRA, determining “significance,” and EIS preparation and review.

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Litigation Issues 0

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Litigation Issues

Jennifer M. Porter, Esq., a Director in the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, will be a speaker at Lorman’s New York CLE Program SEQRA, on Friday, March 9, 2012 in Latham, New York. The all-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) including specific discussion on regulatory requirements and compliance, the integration of SEQRA with the project review process, cumulative impacts and segmentation and how to use SEQRA to obtain a better project without bankrupting the applicant. Ms. Porter will be part of the afternoon panel and will be discussing SEQRA litigation issues including the statute of limitations, standing to sue, defending or attacking negative declarations and procedural and substantive judicial review.

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Litigation Issues 0

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Litigation Issues

Jennifer M. Porter, Esq., an Associate in the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, will be a speaker at Lorman’s New York CLE Program, SEQRA, on Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Latham, New York. The all-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) including specific discussion on regulatory requirements, the integration of SEQRA with the project review process, cumulative impacts and segmentation and the benefits and uses of a generic environmental impact statement.

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) 0

Jennifer Porter to Speak at New York CLE Program on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

Jennifer M. Porter, Esq., an Associate in the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, will be a speaker at Lorman’s New York CLE Program, SEQRA, on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 in Carle Place, New York. The all-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) including specific discussion on analysis framework and techniques, mitigation measures, interaction with other statutes and emerging fields in environmental review.