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August 2012


August 22, 2012 | Posted by Elizabeth F. Larsen and Inge Hindriks 8/22/2012 | Permalink
Recently, the City enacted the “Zone Green” Text Amendment, which removes impediments from the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York that previously restricted the use of certain green building features. The new text amendment facilitates the retrofitting of existing buildings with green technologies and ensures that new buildings that use these technologies are not penalized for their inclusion. read more
August 2, 2012 | Posted by Kerri Folb | Permalink

On July 11, 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft scope for a Generic Environmental Impact Statement on proposed amendments to the regulations implementing the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”).  SEQRA requires state and local governmental agencies to consider the potential environmental impacts of all actions that they have discretion to approve, fund or directly undertake.  These amendments are the first amendments to the regulations since 1996.  DEC’s stated purpose for the amendments is to streamline the environmental impact review process without sacrificing meaningful review.

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