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Rendering of proposed LG headquarters building

Proposed Tower Threatens Palisades' Majesty

The iconic view of Palisades Interstate Park is being threatened by a proposed high-rise office tower

In early 2012, the Englewood Cliffs Zoning Board approved a variance allowing LG Electronics to construct a 143-foot-tall corporate headquarters on 27 acres atop the Palisades ridge. The proposed tower would be prominently visible above the treeline, destroying the unbroken natural vista along the Hudson River's western shoreline and potentially opening the door for further high-rise development. In the face of legal action against the variance, the borough introduced a zoning amendment allowing for structures of up to 150 feet on lot sizes greater than 25 acres. Scenic Hudson and partner groups filed a lawsuit challenging the zoning amendment and also have intervened in an ongoing lawsuit regarding the initial zoning variance.  More â€ºâ€º

Kingston Task Force Grapples with Sea Level Rise

Many communities look to their Hudson Riverfronts as the key to a prosperous economic future. Yet as Hurricane Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee demonstrated, these same communities face unprecedented challenges from accelerating sea level rise and flooding from severe weather events. The good news is that in planning for future flooding, communities also can pursue important community revitalization goals such as connecting people to the river, protecting natural and scenic resources, and promoting good waterfront design. Scenic Hudson has developed a collaborative public-planning process based on our award-winning publication Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts. The first community to engage in this process is the City of Kingston in Ulster County. More â€ºâ€º

BALANCING ACT

Protecting Views While Providing Wireless Telecommunications

As more and more people rely on mobile devices and emergency services, the demand for reliable wireless telecommunications is stronger than ever. At the same time, landowners who lease their property for these uses can receive substantial economic benefits. Unfortunately, the valley's scenic ridgelines provide the most desirable places to locate telecommunications towers, many of which loom over bucolic rural landscapes. And sometimes these competing interests come into conflict. Such is the case on Blue Hill, a majestic ridge visible from Olana State Historic Site.  More â€ºâ€º

Effectiveness, Not Expediency, Key to SEQRA

The State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, has done more to protect what people cherish most about their communities than any other law.

Recently, the NYS DEC has proposed "streamlining" SEQRA regulations—New York's seminal law for ensuring that environmental impacts of proposed developments are subject to careful review. While many of the proposed changes are necessary and positive, some proposed amendments could sacrifice meaningful environmental review simply for the sake of expediency.

Fortunately, a coalition of environmental organizations has banded together to question many of the proposed amendments and urge the DEC to preserve and improve the vital environmental protections that SEQRA offers. Scenic Hudson is working with partners to ensure that in striving for efficiency, DEC doesn't inadvertently erode the primary purpose of SEQRA. More â€ºâ€º

Scenic Hudson is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013—find out more at sh50.org.

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