Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce that Laura Moore Smith, an associate in the firm’s Environmental, Land Use and Zoning practice group, has been appointed to the Rochester Environmental Commission (REC).
The REC is a seven-member volunteer citizen advisory board that reviews projects that are Type 1 Actions under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and require City approval and/or funding. The Commission provides recommendations on a project’s potential environmental impacts. The REC also acts as a hearing body when an environmental impact statement is prepared for a proposed development project and makes recommendations on whether the project should be approved, modified, or denied.
Smith represents businesses, developers, municipalities and public authorities on a wide range of issues, including zoning and planning, municipal law, governance, compliance with SEQRA, hazardous waste and petroleum spill cleanup, brownfield redevelopment, and alternative energy. She advises town boards and other municipal bodies on land use and zoning matters and environmental compliance, and also counsels corporate clients on permitting and operational issues related to commercial transactions in order to ensure compliance with environmental laws. Smith is a magna cum laude graduate of the College of Wooster, and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The Harter Secrest & Emery environmental, land use and zoning attorneys counsel clients through all stages of environmental management. The firm helps clients intelligently invest in and manage environmental issues associated with acquisitions and development, provides guidance through complex regulatory approval processes, and represents clients in litigation matters involving environmental claims. Harter Secrest & Emery’s attorneys have extensive experience in addressing environmental matters such as air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste disposal and remediation, hazardous material management, groundwater protection, critical environmental areas, Brownfield development, wetlands permitting, and other environmental issues. The firm helps private developers obtain required governmental approvals for various residential, commercial and retail projects, and also represents local and municipal governments in land use, zoning, environmental, and redevelopment issues, from both the regulatory and planning perspectives.