Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick announced today legislation he sponsored, A.366, which would require notice to neighboring landowners if certain development is proposed in wetlands has passed the Assembly.
According to Cusick, this proposal gives neighbors impacted by those who apply to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for building permits in areas designated as wetlands notice of the permit and a period of time to comment and oppose, if desired. Community input by allowing neighboring property owners a fair amount of time to object to development projects adds a level of protection for our environment and gives Staten Island homeowners a say in the permit process. Following the input period, DEC would consider all relevant information in ruling on the permit and then be required to advise the neighboring land owners of the outcome of the application. This legislation allowing for the 21 day requirement of notice will not delay the process, but will add a level of protection to these important resources.
“The best way to police these applications and protect areas designated as wetlands is to insure that everyone with an interest in protecting them is notified. The functions of wetlands and the values we obtain from them are often ignored and this legislation is a step towards preserving Staten Island wetlands and protecting the future of our Island,” said Assemblyman Cusick.