Includes the issuance and modification of zoning ordinances and regulations within the definition of the term "actions" for purposes of environmental quality review.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to including issuance of and modification of zoning ordinances and regulations within the definition of the term "actions" for purposes of environmental quality review
PURPOSE: To ensure that local zoning decisions fully consider all the environmental ramifications of zoning ordinances changes.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) of the Environmental Conservation law to include the issuance of and modifications of zoning ordinances and regulations under the definition of actions.
EXISTING LAW: Existing law includes under the definition of "action" policy, regulations, and procedure-making.
JUSTIFICATION: Simple land use changes in zoning ordinances can have profound effects on the natural and built environment. Increasing the density of housing can effect the capacity of both the public sewer treatment plant and the drinking water treatment facilities. Other zoning modifications can effect stormwater runoff, preservation of open space and the preservation of wetlands.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.853 2007-08: S.3839 2006: S.6955
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2455 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 21, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conser- vation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to including issuance of and modification of zoning ordinances and regu- lations within the definition of the term "actions" for purposes of environmental quality review THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (ii) of subdivision 4 of section 8-0105 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 228 of the laws of 1976, is amended to read as follows: (ii) policy, regulations, and procedure-making, INCLUDING THE ISSUANCE OR MODIFICATION OF ZONING ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06596-01-1