Here are answers to a number of questions that MOEC has compiled over time.
The CEQR process is essentially a two-level process consisting of an initial assessment in which an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) is used to describe a project and to assess potential impacts. If potential significant adverse impacts are identified at this level, the lead agency issues a positive declaration and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is completed that analyzes, in detail, those impacts identified in the EAS. The lead agency provides guidance through the CEQR process. For more information see the CEQR Process Diagram.
For convenience, CEQR reviews generally, may be considered to have nine stages. However, these do not have to be completed sequentially and actually may occur simultaneously.
A project undergoing review may be labeled any of the following:
The four most important things a private applicant can do to facilitate completion of its CEQR review are:
Please note: A poorly defined project, sloppy documentation, and/or slow responsiveness only delays your project through the process, necessitating, multiple review cycles and ultimately costing additional time and money.
Applicants cannot select their lead agency. The lead agency is determined by the agency taking the discretionary action. If you need approval or funding from only one agency, then that agency is automatically the “lead agency.” When multiple agencies are involved and must approve, fund, or execute a portion of the project, the agencies determine among themselves who is going to be the lead agency, using the CEQR and SEQR rules to guide them. The City's rules specify the lead agency for certain actions see 62 RCNY Chapter 5.
Applicants will be assigned a point of contact at the lead agency and will receive regular status updates.
Note: Applicants are invited to contact MOEC should additional or more regular information be required.
YES, if an applicant fails to respond to city lead agency requests for up to 6 months and after two reminders; one at 3 months, and one at 5 months with a 30 day termination notice, project review will be terminated. Applicants wishing to resume the project will be required to begin the CEQR process anew.
If you no longer wish to continue a project for whatever reason, please contact the lead agency and inform it of your decision to withdraw your project. Withdrawals are considered final and should you choose to resume the project review, applicants will be required to begin anew.
Note: If you are unsure of your decision to withdraw, please contact your lead agency to discuss putting your project on hold so that city agency resources maybe reallocated to other reviews.
If you are experiencing non-CEQR related delays (e.g. funding issues, etc.), you should contact your lead agency to discuss the severity of the delays and their respective effects on your review going through the CEQR process. If appropriate it may make sense to place your project on hold until you can resolve these non-CEQR related delays. This allows city agency resources to be reallocated to other reviews in the queue until your review is ready to resume.
Note: A project may remain on hold for only up to one year before a decision to resume or withdraw your project is required.
There could be a number of reasons regarding why submissions are returned with comments. among the most common is that the materials are not of sufficient detail and/or quality to allow the agencies to make their determinations. Additionally, typically in the cases of EISs the assumptions, methodologies, frameworks, data, and/or analysis of the impacts and/or various build scenarios may not have been adequately performed and/or documented in accordance with the guidance outlined in the CEQR Technical Manual. Please contact your lead agency to clarify the specific issues/comments so that you may understand and adequately address them.
Please contact MOEC if you have any questions regarding any of the FAQs above or your question(s) was not covered.