What's Happening to Our Main Streets and How Can We Fix It?

Hint: By rejecting conventional wisdom about Euclidian zoning

Municipalities across the country are recognizing that their current zoning codes may have inadvertently helped create main streets and downtown centers that lack vibrancy and a sense of community.  Communities are nostalgic for the “way things were,” and looking for ways to bring activity and promise back to their main streets, maintain a sense of character and place, and reconnect the street to the community.  Form based codes offer a way to get there.
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Municipal Shared Services: What is Working for Our Communities?

Author: John Condino
With budgets being squeezed, many communities are considering sharing services with neighboring municipalities. Saving money and eliminating government layers are usually driving forces for considering municipal consolidation or shared services, but other key driving factors involve improving access to resources and skills offering better services, and creating a sustainable future for our communities.
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Changes to SEQRA: What You Need to Know

Under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process (6 NYCRR Part 617), the environmental significance of all proposed actions must be considered by state and local government agencies whenever they are going to approve, fund, or directly undertake an action.  In most cases, completion of Environmental Assessment Forms (EAFs) will be required to determine whether proposed actions may have a significant adverse impact on the environment. 

You have probably heard by now that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has adopted new "Short" and "Full" Environmental Assessment Forms
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Planning Ahead for Successful Funding of Your Priority Projects

Author: Sharon Lilla

While this year’s CFA deadline is fast approaching (applications are due August 12), advanced planning and the help of a consulting firm such as Barton & Loguidice will help improve the likelihood of success of your application next year.  While the process has been streamlined through an online application, what hasn’t changed is the amount of supporting documentation required (as is the case for most funding applications).

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Tips for a Surprise Regulatory Inspection

Both NYSDEC and USEPA conduct random inspections at facilities to ascertain your compliance with various regulatory programs. These inspections may be conducted by Department and Agency technical staff, enforcement officers or consultants. The inspections are typically focused to one regulatory area (e.g. petroleum bulk storage – underground tanks), but occasionally are broad spectrum.
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