LAND USE COMPLIANCE
Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA)
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) has developed a Project Environmental Checklist to help assess permitting needs for UConn projects during the planning stage. Identifying permitting needs and other environmental issues during the planning stage allows for better time and budget planning for the project. Please use the Project Environmental Checklist blank form and contact the OEP should you have any questions.
Many of UConn’s construction activities are regulated by one or more state or Federal requirements. The UConn Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) can advise you on how to budget and schedule your project appropriately to account for permit preparation, environmental assessments, and agency review times. OEP will work also with you and your engineers to ensure the project’s permit applications are accurate and complete.
- The size of the project and the project’s location will dictate which permits are required.
- The OEP should always be consulted to determine which permits will be needed during a project’s planning or early design phases.
- The OEP will advise on how to budget and schedule your project appropriately to account for permit preparation and agency review times.
- The OEP will work with your engineers to ensure the applications are accurate and complete..
Below is a summary of the various environmental permits that could be needed for
any UConn construction project, large or small.
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UConn as a Connecticut state agency must adhere to the process established by the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act for evaluating planned actions which may significantly affect the environment.
New buildings, roads, or parking lots could trigger a detailed environmental review, depending on their size, location and/or cost. The Environmental Classification Document helps UConn determine whether an action could significantly affect the environment.
These detailed reviews are called Environmental Impact Evaluations (EIEs). Link to UConn's Published EIE page
Other CEPA Resources:
Links to CT OPM Locational Guide Maps for Conservation & Development:
CT Office of Policy and Management, Locational Guide Map
for Conservation and Development, Mansfield, CT
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The National Environmental Policy Act established procedural requirements to prepare Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).
UConn projects using Federal funds may require an EA and/or an EIS. Federal projects on UConn campuses also fall under NEPA. Link to UConn's Published EA/EIE page
Joint Federal/UConn actions for which environmental impact documents are prepared for NEPA also satisfy CEPA requirements, so long as the NEPA reports are published like CEPA reports.
Federal regulations provide for the preparation of an EA to determine whether or not the proposed action require a more detailed EIS. An EA may conclude with a recommendation to prepare an EIS or a recommendation to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency NEPA website for more information.
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