Robert Crespi


In this comment, the author discusses comprehensive planning and land-use regulation in New York, and SEQRA's role and influence in the planning and land-use decision making process. In addition to discussing SEQRA's positive influence in bringing environmental issues into the forefront, the author focuses on the potential use of SEQRA's procedural devices as a substitute for formal comprehensive planning, and the possible dangers which may result. The author suggests how SEQRA would best serve the planning process and proposes that mandatory planning be required from local to regional levels.