On occasion, this column focuses on an environmental program or issue that impacts particular regions or municipalities, rather than on statewide issues. This month’s column focuses on the City of New York’s “e-designation” program, which many environmental practitioners deal with at one time or another.
The city’s e-designation program involves designations placed on the city’s zoning map by the Department of City Planning (DCP) and the City Council as a part of a zoning action. A designation indicates the potential presence of hazardous materials contamination, window and wall noise attenuation issues, or air quality impacts but oftentimes is not based on actual sampling data or other specific site-related investigative information.
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