The National Environmental Policy Act sets forth a national standard of environmental compliance. However, each state, county, and municipality is entitled to their own unique set of regulations, and these regulations can change regularly.
That’s why careful evaluation of environmental compliance is critical for new and existing developments and infrastructure.
For example, the City of Austin, Texas Land Development Code specifies that setbacks (up to several hundred feet) are required for certain environmental features like wetlands, springs, and bluffs. Not knowing about these setbacks early in planning can severely limit your expected development footprint - that's not the good kind of surprise.
Or, in Ohio, an Isolated Wetlands and Ephemeral Streams Permit is required for any project that will fill or dredge in isolated wetlands and streams. This permit requirement is above and beyond the federal regulations, which only regulate wetlands that are hydrologically connected to another waterbody and which do not protect ephemeral waters (per the recent Navigable Waters Protection Rule). Basically, unlike states where only federal rules apply, impacts to basically anything wet in Ohio requires a permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. This permit can add at least a month to your timeline - that's need-to-know info for your project schedule!
Check out the map below for a summary of which states have unique waterways or wetlands permitting in addition to federal permitting.
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