WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
NOTE: At the beginning of the environmental review process, the first formal public comments are received at a meeting on the Draft Scope of Work. The developer teams are hosting three community meetings before the beginning of the process in order to create opportunities for the community to learn about and prepare for the environmental review process, as well as to advise the developer teams of issues and concerns. Additional information about the environmental review process is provided below.
The most comprehensive place to learn about environmental review is from the Department of City Planning. We have included some key terms and helpful links below to get you started.
City Environmental Quality Review
CEQR is New York City’s process for identifying and assessing the potential impacts that a proposed land use action may have on the urban environment.
Environmental Impact Statement
The EIS is a document that provides a complete analysis of the potential impacts and proposes strategies to mitigate them (i.e. reduce or eliminate).
Scope of Work
The first step in developing the EIS is to issue a Draft Scope of Work (DSOW) that describes the proposed actions and how they will be studied. The DSOW is circulated for public review and comment; comments are incorporated (as appropriate) into the DSOW to produce the Final Scope of Work (FSOW) prior to the issuance of the Draft EIS.
The Draft Scope of Work has been posted on DCP's website. Please find it here. The 'Project Description' portion of the DSOW has been translated into three languages. Please find those below:
During the Two Bridges EIS, elected officials and the developer teams behind each of the three projects are hosting four additional meetings for the public to discuss and learn about environmental review. For this EIS, the timeline proceeded as follows. (For a more detailed timeline of the general EIS process, download this flow chart.)
EIS Preparation and Content
The entity undertaking the development prepares the EIS. In this case, the three developer teams are responsible for preparing the EIS. They have hired an environmental consultant expert in conducting the kind of in depth analysis required in an EIS. These consultants will prepare drafts of the Draft Scope of Work, the Final Scope of Work, the Draft EIS, and the Final EIS, and submit these documents to the Department of City Planning ('DCP' or 'City Planning'). The environmental documents will then be reviewed by City Planning and revised as necessary to meet the environmental standards that apply citywide.
There are 18 categories of potential impacts analyzed in an EIS. They are as follows:
For more information about these categories, download this summary.
Please note that as various EIS public documents are issued by DCP, they will be made available on DCP's website. We will also update this website with direct links to those documents.
People and Places
Community Facilities (schools, libraries, child care)
Historic Resources (architecture)
(traffic, transit, pedestrians, parking)
Land Use & Zoning Policy
Water & Sewer Infrastructure
Solid Waste & Sanitation
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Urban Design & Visual Resources