Westchester County Business Journal: Environmental laws hinder New York developers

The Westchester County Business Journal turned to Prof. John Nolon for a story about inefficiencies in the implementation of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) as having a negative impact on businesses looking to develop property within the state. Nolon agreed with other experts quoted on the need for streamlining the SEQRA process as it relates to urban developments, but cautioned against removing aspects of the law that would result in environmentally-unsound projects.

The Westchester County Business Journal turned to Prof. John Nolon for a story about inefficiencies in the implementation of New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) as having a negative impact on businesses looking to develop property within the state. Nolon agreed with other experts quoted on the need for streamlining the SEQRA process as it relates to urban developments, but cautioned against removing aspects of the law that would result in environmentally-unsound projects.

“Development that is along transportation (lines) or corridors that provide workforce housing that is not on wetlands or flood plains can be – with some reform – exempted from SEQRA,” he said, citing as examples the Platinum Mile stretch along Interstate 287 and developments in any of Westchester’s cities. “The problem with trying to reform SEQRA is that there are some developments that are probably going to be hurtful to the environment. … We don’t want more development that’s going to cause more flooding.”

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