Department Contacts


October 31, 2013 | Posted by Karen L. Mintzer 10/31/2013 | Permalink
The New York City Department of City Planning has begun a rulemaking for proposed new rules that would supplement the list of “Type II” actions set forth in the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) regulations with a list of citywide-specific Type II actions. Type II actions are actions taken by governmental agencies, including discretionary approvals, that have been deemed not to have a significant adverse environmental impact and are thus exempt from the environmental review requirements of SEQRA. SEQRA permits municipalities to designate a supplemental list of actions as Type II. read more
March 28, 2013 | Posted by Toni Finger, Karen Mintzer 3/28/2013 | Permalink
The New York City Department of City Planning’s new BluePrint program is a substantial reform to the department’s administration of its environmental and land use review of development projects. 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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June 28, 2012 | Posted by Toni Finger | Permalink
In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court, New York County, held that neither the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) nor the City Environmental Quality Review (“CEQR”) require a lead agency to consider aggregate potential environmental impacts from possible future zoning changes when evaluating a discrete, small scale zoning change. read more
May 31, 2012 | Posted by Toni Finger | Permalink
On March 28, 2012, the New York City Council adopted a citywide text amendment to Section 11-15 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, which pertains to E-designations. E-designations are environmental designations listed on Appendix C to the Zoning Resolution, which signal that there are environmental requirements relating to hazardous materials, air quality or noise impacts on potential development sites identified during the environmental review process conducted for proposed zoning actions in the City of New York. In connection with the E-designation text amendment, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation has proposed amendments to the E-designation rules for property owners to comply with these designations prior to site development. read more