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Land Use and Planning

In NY, New SEQRA Regulations Finally Appear on the Horizon

At last, it appears that the NYSDEC is on the verge of finalizing new SEQRA regulations. Here is a look at the final proposed regulations and what they will mean.

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In September 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposed the most significant changes to the regulations governing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) since the mid-1990s. It accepted comments, and the comment period closed. In the years that followed, however, the NYSDEC did not finalize the changes it proposed to the existing SEQRA regulations, available at 6 NYCRR Part 617. That now appears to be changing.

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