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Part 1 - Project Information (SEAF)

Short Environmental Assessment Form (SEAF)

Part 1 - Project Information

The applicant or project sponsor is responsible for the completion of Part 1. Responses become part of the application for approval or funding, are subject to public review, and may be subject to further verification. Complete Part 1 based on information currently available. If additional research or investigation would be needed to fully respond to any item, please answer as thoroughly as possible based on current information.

Complete all items in Part 1. You may also provide any additional information which you believe will be needed by or useful to the lead agency; attach additional pages as necessary to supplement any item.

How to Complete and Use the Short Environmental Assessment Form

The Applicant
  • Read over all questions in Part I and gather all current information available on both the proposed project and its location. Having this information on hand will help you complete the questions.
  • Use the SEAF workbook to help you find background information, definitions, illustrations, maps, and other data that can be used to help answer each question. In addition to sources of information identified by the workbook, use other existing information that may be available locally. Good sources of information include: site plans or subdivision plats that have been completed on the parcel or nearby parcels, local comprehensive or strategic plans, and other application materials already submitted to the lead agency. Many municipalities have completed open space or environmental inventories or plans, and these can be excellent sources of local information. If the municipality has an appointed conservation advisory council (CAC), consider contacting them for additional information on local environmental resources.
  • Offer as much detail as possible to answer each question thoroughly. This will make the SEQR process more efficient by providing the lead agency with the necessary information.
  • Sign Part I. Remember that responses to questions in Part I become part of your application for approval or funding, and therefore are subject to both verification and public review.
The Lead Agency
  • It is the lead agency's role to review the information provided by the applicant in Part 1, and ensure it is complete and accurate enough to make a reasonable decision.
  • Review any maps and other documentation submitted with the application to cross-check and verify the information supplied in the SEAF. Verification can also be done by using the links provided in this workbook for each question.
  • A visit to the project site can be very helpful to familiarize the lead agency with characteristics about the location, neighborhood, and project.

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