Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
7374
Withdrawn Not Final
Nov 2, 2017 3:00 PM

Approving Revisions to Policy 09-33 of the Tompkins County Government Administrative Policy Manual - Complying with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

Information

Department:County AdministrationSponsors:
Category:AdministrativeFunctions:Administrative Manual Policy

Attachments

  1. SEQRA Policy_track for PDEQ 11-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  2. SEQRA Policy_11-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. SEQRA Energy Addendum 11-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  4. SEQR Policy Cover memo PDEQ 11-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  5. SEQRA Energy Addendum Track Changes 11-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, it is in the interest of Tompkins County government to have policies and procedures that are current, accurate, and consistent, and

 

              WHEREAS, Administrative Policy 09-33 regarding procedures for processing County actions in compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) has not been updated since 2003 and required revisions to more accurately reflect procedures to comply with SEQRA and to improve proposed projects and protect the environment, and

 

              WHEREAS, Administrative Policy 09-33 has been reviewed and processed according to the guidelines of Policy 01-04: Modifying the Administrative Manual: The Policies and Procedures of Tompkins County Government, and

 

              WHEREAS, this policy also has been reviewed by the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, the Facilities and Infrastructure Committee, and the Government Operations Committee, now therefore be it

 

                      RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality, the Facilities and Infrastructure, and the Government Operations Committees, That the proposed revisions to Administrative Policy 09-33 regarding compliance with SEQRA are hereby adopted.

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

 

Meeting History

Nov 2, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Younger briefly reviewed the process followed for bringing forward the proposed changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) policy as recommended by the Department.

As detailed in the Change Request Form, Ms. Jurkowich reviewed the major changes in the policy. She said the policy with the proposed amendments was reviewed by the Environmental Management Council as well and in response to their concerns the SEQRA Energy Addendum was prepared.

At this time, it was MOVED by Mr. McKenna, seconded by Mr. Sigler, to recommend the resolution.

Ms. Chock suggested having a table included in the policy that outlines the various times for review and the comment period for Unlisted and Type I actions. In addition, she expressed concern with the seven-day period for Unlisted actions not requiring an environmental impact statement and that it should be extended. Ms. Jurkowich said she would support changing it to 15 days. Ms. Jurkowich said she would also provide clarifying language as necessary in this section of the policy.

Ms. Kiefer said she would like to restore language from the Legislative Policy Statement from the original policy and to reorder some sections of the policy.

Following further discussion, Ms. Robertson asked that the motion to recommend the resolution be withdrawn to allow Committee members to meet with appropriate staff to discuss any proposed changes to the policy and to bring the resolution and policy back to the Committee next month. The Committee agreed.

Ms. Robertson requested the word “may” following the word “…systems” to be added to paragraph six of the Energy Addendum.

RESULT:WITHDRAWN NOT FINALNext: 12/7/2017 3:00 PM