HPD’s Division of Environmental Policy & Implementation within the Office of Development, conducts environmental reviews in conformance with federal, state and city regulations. Environmental reviews may generally be performed for projects which require federal, state or city discretionary actions, including construction funding, disposition approval, or approval of zoning changes.
Federal Environmental Review
Under CFR Part 58, HPD assumes the responsibilities for environmental review, decision-making and action that would otherwise apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Accordingly, HPD is required to conduct environmental reviews under the laws and rules which apply to HUD programs and policies, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related Federal Laws, Executive Orders and regulations, such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. For more information on HPD's Section 106 reviews, click here. For more information on the environmental laws and rules which may apply to HUD programs and policies, please visit HUD’s website at http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD.
Environmental reviews are generally conducted for funding and acquisition under a range of different HUD programs. The most common programs for which HPD performs environmental reviews are HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
The HOME Investment Partnerships Act (The HOME Act, Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act) was signed into law on November 28, 1990, and created the HOME Investment Partnership Program to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing for low and very low-income families. Since enactment, the original statute has been amended three times and a final rule was issued on September 16, 1996.
In general, HPD utilizes federal HOME funds to finance the construction of new and rehabilitation of existing housing including vacant and occupied single room occupancy buildings (SRO), small homes (buildings with fewer than 12 units) and multi-family buildings. Additional Information regarding the HOME Program is contained in New York City’s Consolidated Plan, which can be found at http://home2.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/pub/publist.shtml
2010 HOME Programmatic Review (HUD EA)
2011 HOME Programmatic Review (HUD EA)
2012 HOME Programmatic Review (HUD EA)
Findings of No Significant Impact on the Environment (FONSIs) for New Construction Projects:
May 11, 2011
May 20, 2011
May 25, 2011
May 31, 2011
June 2, 2011
September 1, 2011
November 17, 2011
November 28, 2011
December 2, 2011
January 4, 2012
March 5, 2012
March 23, 2012
April 11, 2012
April 17, 2012
May 3, 2012
May 24, 2012
June 1, 2012
September 27, 2012
November 30, 2012
December 4, 2012
May 21, 2013
Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2)
In 2009, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of NSP2 funds, authorized by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Under NSP2, HUD provides grants to States and localities for the acquisition and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned properties for residential use. The grants are intended to prevent further declines in the neighborhoods most severely impacted by foreclosures. NSP2 funds were made available through a competitive process and awarded to grantees selected on the basis of foreclosure needs in their selected target areas, program design and compliance with NSP2 rules. On January 14, 2010, HPD was awarded $20,059,466 to be spent in program areas including the uses described in this NOFA, as well as mixed-used housing assistance, and stalled and vacant site development in the NSP2 target geography.
2010 Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program
In 2010, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program (LHRD) funds, authorized by authorized by Section 1011 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, Public Law 102-550). Under LHRD, HUD provides grants to assist states, Native American Tribes, cities, counties/parishes, or other units of local government in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned rental or owner-occupied housing. The LHRD is targeted for urban jurisdictions with the greatest lead-based paint hazard control needs.
New York City was awarded $4,500,000 of federal funds to assist the City’s on-going commitment to eliminating lead hazards and childhood lead poisoning. The 2010 LHRD offers grant funding to building owners for lead treatment through NYC’s Primary Prevention Program, a joint initiative between the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The main objective of this proposal is to reduce lead-based paint hazards in 300 units, located in three of the most at-risk neighborhoods in the boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, and housed in buildings pre-1940.
2010 LHRD Tier 1 Review
Request for Release of Funds (coming soon)
New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR)
In 1975, the New York State Legislature enacted SEQRA, which requires all state and local government agencies to assess the environmental effects of discretionary actions before undertaking, funding or approving the project, unless such actions fall within certain statutory or regulatory exemptions from the requirements for review.
SEQR permits a local government to promulgate its own procedures, provided they are no less protective of the environment, public participation, and judicial review than provided for by the state rules. The City of New York has exercised this prerogative by promulgating its own procedures, known as City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), in order to take into account the special circumstances of New York City’s urban environment.
In 1973, before SEQRA was enacted, New York City Mayoral Executive Order No. 87, titled “Environmental Review of Major Projects,” adapted NEPA to meet the needs of the city. After SEQRA was enacted, New York City revised its procedures in Mayoral Executive Order No. 91 of 1977, which established CEQR. In 1989, amendments to the New York City Charter, adopted by referendum, established the Office of Environmental Coordination (OEC) and authorized the City Planning Commission (CPC) to establish procedures for the conduct of environmental review by city agencies where such review is required by law. For more information on CEQR, please visit the website of the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination.
On October 1, 1991, the CPC adopted rules that were superimposed on Executive Order 91, fundamentally reforming the city’s process, which became known as the CEQR Rules. In 2005, SEQRA was amended to require that every Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and associated documents be posted on a publicly accessible website. Accordingly, HPD has posted its EISs on this website.
The EISs for the following projects may be accessed below:
West 44th Street and Eleventh Avenue Rezoning EIS
Broadway Triangle EIS
Gateway Estates II EIS
Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Amendments EIS
The draft scoping document for the following project may be accessed below:
Gowanus Green Draft Scoping Document