Delay Signals State's Willingness to Streamline Costs and Process for Private Sector
Late this afternoon, the Westchester County Association's economic development initiative, The Blueprint for Westchester, received word from New York State it would be delaying the new SEQRA Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) short and long forms by six months...
Marissa Brett, executive director, Economic Development, WCA with Frank McCullough, Esq., chairman, WCA Blueprint SEQRA-Reform Work Group.
...to create more user-friendly workbooks and a GIS platform. The new EAF forms are now slated to go into effect on April 1, 2013.
Earlier in 2012, the Blueprint SEQRA-Reform Work Group met with the New York State Department of Conservation and pushed for clearer definitions that were not part of the then-proposed EAF forms, and suggested streamlining the steep cost of state environmental reviews.
According to Marissa Brett, executive director, Economic Development for the Westchester County Association, a recent meeting with DEC officials yielded some good news: "We, were advised that our concerns pertaining to cost and process would be addressed through the development of new EAF workbooks."
The WCA Blueprint workgroup continues to work on reforming SEQRA and recently addressed the proposed new regulations in a white paper submitted to the state earlier this month. The object is to make New York State more business-friendly.
Brett said that the WCA will continue to stay on top of the changes being implemented, and continue to strongly advocate for changes that streamline both process and cost to advance important economic development projects that make sense for Westchester and the region.