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Question A - Project and Sponsor Information - Full EAF (Part 1)

Full Environmental Assessment Form (FEAF) Workbook

Name of Action or Project:
Project Location (describe, and attach a general location map):
Brief Description of Proposed Action (include purpose or need):

Name of Applicant/Sponsor:
Telephone: E-mail:
Address: City/PO: State: Zip Code:

Project Contact (if not same as sponsor; give name and title/role):
Telephone: E-mail:
Address: City/PO: State: Zip Code:

Property Owner (if not same as sponsor):
Telephone: E-mail:
Address: City/PO: State: Zip Code:

This Question asks for basic information about the applicant and the action. The purpose is to provide a common description of the project and contact information for easy communication between the various involved agencies, the public, and the applicant.

Name of Action or Project

Insert the common name or title of the project. Examples include:

  • "Spaulding Subdivision"
  • "Pine Hills Office Park"
  • "Acme Plaza"
  • "Adoption of the City of Buffalo Comprehensive Plan"
  • "Adoption of Local Law #3 of 2012 (A Local Law Regulating Telecommunication Towers)"

Project Location

Describe the location of the project. Include the actual address of the project site and add the county it is in. If the site does not have a street address, you can describe the location of the site using identifiable features found nearby (such as "200 feet south of the intersection of Maple Street and Main Street").

If required by the local municipality, also include the tax parcel identification number(s). Tax parcel ID numbers can be found on the official tax map of the community or the annual tax bill, and can be viewed at the local tax assessor's office. These ID numbers are generally in the form of section, block, and lot (SBL) numbers.

A tax map showing property lines
Image from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance (link leaves DEC's website)

Attach a map showing the location of the project. Many site plan, special use, or subdivision applications also require a location map for the submission, and one map can serve both purposes. This map should be of sufficient size so the reviewing agency knows where the parcel is. This map can be from a tax map, a topographic map, an image from Google maps, or Bing maps, or another similar online mapping program. The map should show the project site boundaries at a scale large enough to display the relevant information about the site. A scale of 1 inch equals 24,000 feet is generally adequate. A small project site may need a more detailed map at a scale of 1 inch equals 40 or 100 feet. Select the scale that provides the reviewing agency with a good overview of the project site and the immediate surrounding area.

A sample map useful for identifying the location of a project site:

Aerial photo showing the location of a site
Image from NYS DEC website

If the project requires subdivision, site plan, or special use permit approvals, a more detailed map of the parcel and proposed uses and structures will likely be required as part of the permit and review process. Check with the town, village or city clerk, building inspector, or code enforcement officer for information on permit and mapping requirements. The location map may be required as part of a more detailed site map, and the municipality may have other requirements that need to be incorporated into the location map.

A sample map showing more detail, required by DEC when applying for a wetland permit:

If the action is adoption of a local law or plan, the project location is that which is affected by that law or plan. For example, adoption of a city-wide comprehensive plan means that the project location includes all lands within the city. Or, if the project is a local law that affects one location of a municipality, that location can be described.

Brief Description of Proposed Action

Describe and identify the major elements of the project. The applicant or project sponsor should attach additional information if applicable such as a site plan or subdivision plat map or refer to other application submittals that may have additional information. The type of information that should be part of this brief description includes:

  • The type of activity - such as: residential subdivision, commercial or industrial site plan or special use application, adoption of a local law, adoption of a local plan, or land acquisition.
  • Whether the project is a new structure, a modification of an existing structure or facility, an expansion, or not a site specific project but one that affects the entire municipality.
  • A brief description of the size and intensity of the project such as the acreage of the parcel, the number of residential units planned, the average size of lots to be created, the types of land uses planned, the square footage of the structure, the height of the structure, the number and size of lots being subdivided, the number of floors, the number of structures, the number of employees, the number of parking spaces planned, the zoning district it is within, whether it is in any special zoning or other district (such as a New York Certified Agricultural District) the water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure that will be expanded or provided for, or curb cuts or new roads planned for.
  • If residential, whether the project includes attached, detached, condominium, townhouse, or single family units.
  • The purpose, or need for the project such as "to expand light industrial facilities for expansion of the manufacture of furniture products on a larger scale."
  • For adoption or amendment of a plan, local law, or ordinance, describe the basic elements of the law, ordinance, or plan and its general purpose. For example, "The project is adoption of a local law to amend the zoning regulations to create a new mixed-use, high density business district (B-1) at the intersection of First and Park Street."
  • Description of a residential project: "The project is a subdivision of a 250-acre parcel into 75 residential parcels ranging from .5 to 5 acres in size in a community that has not adopted zoning, but does have a subdivision law. The subdivision will be designed with a conservation design and 125 acres containing wetlands, floodplains, stream corridors, and unique habitats will be permanently preserved as open space through use of a conservation easement. Five miles of new roads will be built and the project will have four new access points entering onto existing Cooks Hill Road. The project will include a 20,000 square foot facility to be used by subdivision residents for recreation. 40 of the lots will be clustered onto 35 acres at the corner of Cooks Hill Road and Evergreen Street and the remaining 35 lots will be located on the remaining buildable portion of the parcel. All lots will be sold for single family residential use, and a home-owners association will be formed to develop and manage a community wide water, sewer and stormwater management system. The applicant will form a Transportation Corporation for approval by the Town for the water and treatment facilities. No sidewalks are planned but the interior roads will be connected by 1 mile of bike/hike trail. All roads will be built according to Town Highway Specifications and we will seek Town approval to accept the roads as part of the public road system. The project will convert 150 acres of former agricultural land to residential use.
  • Description of a commercial project: "Site plan and special use approval for a 150,000 square foot and 45 foot high warehouse on 11.25 acres of a 25 acre parcel of land. The warehouse will serve as a regional hub for stocking merchandise for our eastern New York stores. The project will include 5 acres of paved parking and loading areas, 10 loading docks, building and parking lot lighting, two additional curb cuts off of Route 5a, placement of a 35 foot high landscaped sign, and construction of a 8' x 8' gate house at the entrance. The warehouse will employ 50 to 100 workers depending on the season and operate from 6 am to 9 pm daily. Traffic on the site will consist of employee passenger vehicles and approximately 40 tractor trailer trips (deliveries into and re-loading of trucks to go out of the facility) per day. There will be no overnight parking of the trailers onsite. The project will hook into existing water and sewer lines but will require a ¾ mile extension of the public infrastructure to reach the site (to be developed and paid for by the developer). The project will require approval of the municipality to extend the water and sewer districts. Approximately 45% of the parcel will contain impervious surfaces and stormwater will be managed with onsite detention and retention ponds and grassed swales.
  • Description of adoption of a comprehensive plan: "The Town has undertaken a comprehensive process to update an older version of a municipal comprehensive plan for the Town. The planning process included an evaluation of existing conditions (demographic, housing, income, environmental, land use, economic, recreation, transportation, etc.), involvement of the public to determine issues and future desired direction, and development of strategies and actions that can be implemented over the next decade to help the Town reach their community goals. The process included a residential survey, multiple planning workshops, a public hearing hosted by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, regular meetings of an ad-hoc committee (Steering Committee) appointed to draft the plan for the Town, and other qualitative and quantitative studies assisted by a planning consultant. The plan includes extensive background information, vision and goals, strategies and actions, and a series of maps depicting various resources in the Town. Public hearings were held by both the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the Town Board. The Plan covers the entire portion of the Town. Adoption of such a plan is a Type I action under SEQR.

Name of Applicant/Sponsor

Provide the name of the applicant or the project sponsor and accurate contact information so the agency can efficiently communicate with the applicant. If this is a municipal action such as adoption of a comprehensive plan or local law, provide the name of the municipality and the responsible board (such as the Town or Village Board).

Project Contact and/or Property Owner

If the contact person and/or the owner of the property are different than the project sponsor, include the additional information in the space provided on the form. If this is a municipal action such as adoption of a comprehensive plan, provide the address and contact information for the municipal offices.

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