The Purpose of SEQR, NYC-RR 617.1c
" The basic purpose of SEQR is to incorporate the consideration of environmental factors into the existing planning, review and decision-making processes of State, regional and local government agencies at the earliest possible time.”
SEQR establishes a process to systematically consider environmental factors early in the planning stages, so that projects can be modified as needed to avoid adverse impacts on the environment.
In 2017, the Park Police completed their SEQR after the firing range construction was substantially complete. They were the Lead Agency and the Applicant for the SEQR, meaning they wrote, reviewed, and approved the SEQR, without input from the Town, the neighbors, or any other State Agency. They concluded that any environmental impacts would be mitigated, (Conditional Negative Declaration) thereby avoiding the need to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement.
Of course, by going out of sequence, and constructing prior to evaluating environmental issues, noise, groundwater, range safety and public input were moot points.
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