Relates to time periods for state environmental quality review.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to time periods regarding state environmental quality review
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL: Wording is added to Section 8-0107 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 612 of the laws of 1975 to make time periods set forth or established pursuant to a regulation shall be mandatory and are not subject to extension.
JUSTIFICATION: While the intent of the State Environmental Quality Review law (SEQR) is not in dispute, it is clear that the process could use some reform in an effort to reduce costly delays in the process of approving developmental projects. In parts of the state, SEQR has been used more as a means of stopping development instead of as a blue print for growth. This bill would set out exact mandatory timelines which will give developers and local agencies a more clear understanding of when and how these projects get finalized.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This shall take effect immediately.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7920 IN SENATE June 19, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to time periods regarding state environmental quality review THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 8-0107 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 612 of the laws of 1975, is amended to read as follows: S 8-0107. Agency implementation. All agencies shall review their present statutory authority, adminis- trative regulations, and current policies and procedures for the purpose of determining whether there are any deficiencies or inconsistencies therein which prohibit full compliance with the purposes and provisions of this article, and shall recommend or effect such measures as may be necessary to bring their authority and policies into conformity with the intent, purposes, and procedures set forth in this article. They shall carry out its terms with minimum procedural and administrative delay, shall avoid unnecessary duplication of reporting and review requirements by providing, where feasible, for combined or consolidated proceedings, and shall expedite all proceedings hereunder in the interests of prompt review. TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN THIS ARTICLE OR ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO REGULATION SHALL BE MANDATORY AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY PERIOD OF EXTENSION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15031-01-4