Rule status: Proposed
Comment by date: February 17, 2024
The New York City Office of the Mayor acting through the Office of Environmental Coordination (Mayor’s Office) proposes to amend its rules to exempt certain housing and related actions from review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and City Environmental Quality Review procedures. The purpose of the amendment to the rules is to avoid unnecessary and time-consuming environmental analyses when the Mayor’s Office proposes to approve, fund, or undertake new housing developments up to a certain size, and accompanying small commercial developments, where those developments will not have significant adverse environmental impacts. These environmental analyses can take six to eight months to complete and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, adding unnecessary costs and delay to the City’s ability to address its housing crisis.
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February 7, 2024
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The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) is an association representing nearly 300 engineering and affiliate firms with 30,000 employees in New York, with a concentrated presence in New York City. Many of our members have a business footprint and also live within the five boroughs. Our members design the structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, civil, environmental, fire protection and technology systems of buildings and infrastructure throughout New York City.
ACEC New York as an organization, and many of our members, have a proud history of providing the technical expertise required to update, advance and amend city laws and codes to address critical modern needs.
We submit these comments in support of the proposed rule put forth by the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination, referred to as “Green Fast Track for Housing,” which would exempt certain housing development and related actions from review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and City Environmental Quality Review procedures.
We believe this evidence-based approach to exempting new housing developments, up to a certain size, and accompanying small commercial developments, from time-consuming reviews will help the city to deliver more housing supply, faster.
By streamlining the environmental review process this measure will support the production of small- and medium-sized housing projects across the city. This will generate a variety of benefits in terms of housing creation, housing affordability, and design/construction job creation.
We encourage the Mayor’s Office to do everything in its power to provide much-needed housing supply to the city while ensuring public health and safety.
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