An environmental impact statement (EIP) is a report prepared by a business, government entity or private individual that discusses the potential impact a proposed development will have on the local environment.  An EIP is usually requested by a local government entity such as a planning board to determine whether a proposed development should be granted a permit.  

What are the Contents of an Environmental Impact Statement?

There are various elements that make up an environmental impact statement.  These include:

  • Direct and indirect effects of the project
  • Interference with other local activities
  • Energy and resource requirements for potential development
  • Conservation and reparation potential
  • Preservation of urban, historic and cultural quality
  • Ways to minimize damage

Do I Need an Environmental Impact Statement?

Many states require an environmental impact statement before any permit or license will be granted for a proposed development.  States also require that these reports be conducted well in advance of development in order to evaluate the EIP and determine whether a permit should be granted.

What is a Landmark?

A historic building or neighborhood can be designated a landmark by the community.  Once a building is designated as a landmark it¿s prohibited from changing its external appearance without obtaining a permit from a local planning board.  

What If a Building I Own is Designated a Landmark?

Owners of landmarks may be given a property tax reduction because of the restrictions placed on their property.  Furthermore, owners of landmarks may be able to use their land in other ways that might help to generate revenue that normally would be prohibited.

Should I Consult a Lawyer If I Need an EIP or Own a Landmark?

Whether you are in need of an EIP or own a landmark, an experienced attorney can help you. A government lawyer can explain your rights and duties to you and represent you in court.