• SEQRA Reform: Taking the First Steps

  • JANUARY 23, 2012 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, NYS GOV'T, REAL ESTATE, REGULATORY ISSUES, SEQRA

  • Controversial Environmental Rules Add Years of Delays to Projects

  • This week, The Blueprint for Westchester, WCA's major economic development initiative, begins tackling SEQRA reform.  SEQRA is a set of New York State...


    The Blueprint SEQRA Work Group meets to reduce red tape.
    regulations put in place to protect the environment.  Under SEQRA, new projects require an environmental impact assessment prior to development.  

    Sometimes, the best of intentions have unforeseen consequences, and in SEQRA's case, it involves a multitude of costly administrative delays by regulators. We agree the environment should be protected, but believe the layers of regulatory administrative delays can be reformed, especially since they add years to the process, and can cost business millions of dollars. Ultimately, as presently structured, SEQRA is often a project killer in New York State.  

    Our Blueprint SEQRA Working Group is examining SEQRA and will be making recommendations for administrative reform.  It's no easy task: take a look at the SEQRA regulations.

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