The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) proposed significant changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) regulations almost 5 years ago. The NYSDEC recently indicated that these proposed regulations finally will be enacted this year. The proposed regulations will streamline the SEQRA process. This post discusses changes to Type II actions under the proposed regulations.
Type II Projects
Type II actions do not require SEQRA review. The proposed regulations will add over a dozen different specific actions to this category. Some of the more interesting additions to Type II actions include:
- In cities, towns, or villages with adopted zoning laws or ordinances, reuse of a commercial or residential structure not requiring a change in zoning or a use variance, unless it meets or exceeds certain specified thresholds.
- In cities, towns, and villages with adopted subdivision regulations, a “minor” subdivision that does not involve construction of new roads, water, or sewer infrastructure and is not part of a larger tract subdivided within the previous 12 months.
- A recommendation of a county or regional planning board issued pursuant to General Municipal Law §§ 239-m or 239-n.
- Replacement, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of a structure or facility on the same site, including upgrading buildings to meet energy codes or to incorporate green building infrastructure techniques, within certain specified thresholds.
- Installation of up to five megawatts of solar energy arrays on certain existing structures, including landfills, brownfield cleanup sites, and residential and commercial parking facilities.
- Installation of cellular antennas or repeaters on certain existing structures.
- Installation of fiber-optic or other broadband cable technology in existing highway or utility rights-of-way.
- Specified brownfields clean-up agreements.
- Acquisition, sale, lease, annexation, or transfer of any ownership of land to undertake any activity on the new list of Type II actions.
- Disposition by a municipal or state agency of land, by auction, where there is no discretion on its part on the outcome, such as when a municipality or a state agency acquires land through foreclosure and is required to dispose of the site through a public auction to the highest qualified bidder.
The NYSDEC is accepting comments on the proposed regulations until May 19, 2017 and intends to enact them in the Fall.