Reviews, Permits and Approvals

This section identifies other types of reviews, permits or approvals that will or
may be necessary prior to, during or after all local zoning and planning approvals
have been received.

 

SEQRA Review

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CrawfordAd New York State Environmental Conservation Law requires that before any agency, including Municipal Boards, Municipal Planning Boards and Municipal Z.B.A.,s, undertake, fund or approve any action, they must review and determine what environmental impacts may result from such action. This review is commonly referred to as the Sate Environmental Quality Review Act or SEQRA. The specific types of actions that require this review are found within the statutes under Type 1 actions or unlisted actions. These actions would include all local reviews of special use permits, site plan reviews, subdivisions and variances.

As part of any application for any of these actions, the applicant must fill out either a short or long form Environmental Assessment Form. These forms should be included in the application package that you receive from the local zoning officer/Code Enforcement Officer. They are also available on-line.

At the very earliest stages of review, the decision making board should complete part two of these forms. If no identifiable adverse environmental impacts are identified during this review, a negative declaration is adopted by that board and the SEQRA review is completed. However, if any adverse impacts are identified, a positive declaration must be made by the local board and a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) must be prepared by the applicant. This document should analyze in depth all potentially significant environmental impacts, alternatives to the proposed project. And it should propose mitigation measures. If such a determination is made, it would be best to seek the services of a local attorney or engineer to assist with the preparation of this document.

After this document is completed, the decision making board must review it and make a determination that is completely addresses all identified issues. It must now be made available to the public for review and comment and a public notice of such must provide for a minimum of 30 days for this public participation. The decision making board may hold a public hearing on the draft document and if held, the comment period must extend a minimum of 10 days after such hearing.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is the responsibility of the decision making board. A local board can adopt the DEIS as its own FEIS. The decision making board must certify that all adverse impacts identified in the DEIS and in public comments have been avoided or for those that cannot be avoided that the impacts have been minimized. Actions included in the FEIS that will eliminate or minimize impacts must be specifically spelled out in the FEIS. This review process can take anywhere from one month to several months to complete depending on the scope and complexity of the proposed project.

 


 

Site Analysis and Utility Needs Topics
• SEQRA Review

County Planning Board Review

Driveway or Curb Cut Permits

Wetland Permits

Stormwater Permits