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Homes and Community Renewal

Summary of Environmental Review Requirements With Related Web Links

The Environmental Analysis Unit (EAU) at the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) provides technical assistance to those seeking to submit an application for funding as well as conducts the environmental reviews for most awarded projects.

Programs and Projects requiring an Environmental Review:

  1. Capital Projects funded with HWF, Access to Home, HTF and HOME, including Seed Money Awards. Applicants requesting funding for Capital Projects will benefit from knowing as much as possible about their sites. The web links provided will allow the applicant to conduct research about their site. For instance, it can be determined prior to application submission if the site is located in a coastal zone, NYS freshwater wetland, or a floodplain. Providing this information will improve the project readiness score of the application.

  2. Local Program Administrators (LPAs) funded with HOME.

  3. Programs funded through the Farmworker Housing Program.

In general, DHCR/HTFC environmental review addresses the following issues:

This Environmental Review conducted by DHCR/HTFC is not a substitute for local approval or the issuance of any federal, state or local permits that may be required.

Web Links For The Top Ten Environmental Issues


    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Brownfield Cleanup Program - This is THE site for funding to clean-up your brownfield and provide for a site liability release. The goal of this program is to enhance private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to reduce development pressure on "greenfields." Once the Department has issued a certificate of completion, the party is entitled to an environmental liability limitation that would be binding on the State for any liability including future liability. This website provides detailed information about the program, application process and contacts.

    Enterprise Geographic Information System (ESRI). Provides searchable maps for air releases, brownfield pilots, discharges to water, hazardous waste generators, hazardous waste handlers, superfund sites and toxic releases.


    SHPO - Provides regulations and contact points to determine if historic properties are involved and whether they will be affected by the project activity.

  3. RADON:

    Radon NYS maps - Find out if your site is in a high radon zone. NYS County radon maps and data tables.

    Radon EPA Map - EPA map of radon zones for the United States. Can zoom into NYS.

    Radon Guidebook for Large Buildings - "Radon Prevention in the Design and Construction of Schools and Other Large Buildings," EPA, January 1993. THE design guidebook for buildings with four or more stories.

    Radon Guidebook for New Buildings - "Model Standards and Techniques for Control of Radon in New Residential Buildings," EPA, March 1994. THE design guidebook for buildings with three or less stories.

    Radon Specialist List


    EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting RuleNew EPA rule requiring ALL contractors to get lead certified. Certification involves attending a training class and keeping certification current. DO NOT confuse this rule with 24 CFR Part 35.It is the owner's and/or sponsor's responsibility to ensure the contractor and project consultants are aware that the HUD AND EPA rules are both applicable.

    HUD Lead Paint - HUD regulations and publications.

    Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead Based Paint Hazards in Housing - All HTFC funded projects where LBP may be encountered during rehabilitation must be handled in accordance with this HUD guidebook.

    Environmental Network Lead contractors - Provides list of certified lead contractors and certified laboratories.


    NYS Department of Labor Asbestos Regulations - NYS Department of Labor asbestos regulation, Part 56. Call 518-457-2735 for a list of certified asbestos contractors.

    EPA Asbestos Homepage - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Homepage, laws and regulations and asbestos in your home.


    Help with USTs - What to do if you find an UST at a construction site; contacts.

    DEC Environmental Remediation Database - Search to see if your site or a nearby site has ever had a chemical or petroleum spill on it. Database goes back to 1978.

    UST Recovery - EPA Publications Related to Underground Storage Tanks (UST), including, USTs closures, federal and state regulations, financial responsibility and cleanup technologies.

  7. STORMWATER (State Pollution Discharge Elimination System or SPDES):

    DEC Stormwater Homepage - The site for all your stormwater needs: on-line permit applications, regulations, and guidebook references.

    Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control - Provides a list of CPESC in your area. Can help with stormwater designs, on-site management of erosion and sediment and meeting the requirements for the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, (SPDES), including mandatory on-site inspections during construction.


    State Wetlands:

    CUGIR - Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository for mapping; a must have for development site selection. Provides mapping for agricultural districts, soils, railroads, census blocks and State freshwater wetlands. Must have GIS system to use.

    NYS Wetland Regulations - NYS DEC site detailing State wetland regulations and permit requirements.

    Federal Wetlands:

    National Wetland Inventory - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website for Federal wetlands maps. Stand alone mapping, no need for GIS system.

    HUD Wetland Regulations - Text of Executive Order 11990, which must be complied with for all projects receiving HOME funds where wetland disturbance will occur.


    FEMA Firmettes - Click on "Map Search" at top menu bar. Provides detailed floodplain mapping from the federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). Can create and print FIRM panels with scale, index and precise detail. Floodplain information is required in all HTFC applications.

    HUD Floodplain Regulations - Provides Federal floodplain management regulations.

    State Floodplain Regulations - Provides State floodplain regulations.

  10. NOISE:

    HUD Noise Regulations Part 51 - Overview of HUD noise regulations for siting projects within 3,000 feet of a railroad, 1,000 feet of a highway or 15 miles of an airport.

  11. HUD Noise Calculator Allows you to input noise data (railroads, highways and/or airports) and calculate the acceptable day night noise level for a particular site.

    The Noise Guidebook Provides detailed instructions on how to conduct a noise assessment and what to do if the site has unacceptable noise levels. (delete the following form the exiting site: HUD Noise Regulations Part 51 - Overview of HUD noise regulations for siting projects within 3,000 feet of a railroad, 1,000 feet of a highway or 15 miles of an airport.)

Last updated on 12/19/12