Policy

We want our research to be useful to policy-makers to help them shape New York City housing and neighborhoods. Here are some examples of how our work impacts policy.

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Car Share Zoning Text Amendment

With an increase in car-sharing and car-pooling vehicles and facilities, the Department of City Planning proposed a zoning text amendment in 2010 to allow shared vehicles to be parked in public parking facilities, as well as in parking facilities accessory to residential, commercial, and other uses. CHPC’s Zoning Committee made recommendations to the DCP to make the service provision more efficient.

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City Charter Land Use Panel Testimony

CHPC agreed that the ‘long-term planning’ discussed as a prominent theme in the City Charter Revision Commission forum was timely. Other key-discussions at the forum discussed ways of bringing transparency to the pre-ULURP process and providing additional funding such that Community Boards can hire professional planners. However, the debate could discuss how long-term planning could be better integrated in the structure and processes of government.

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‘Key Terms’ Clarification Text Amendment

Applicants leverage the ambiguity inherent in terms that are meant to restrict a certain use, and continue building what has been restricted. In 2010, CHPC worked on identifying and clarifying ‘Key Terms’ in the Department of City Planning’s Zoning Resolution to create a tighter text, conveying the true intent of the DCP to limit unwanted use.

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Testimony on New DOB Rules

In May 2010, NYC DOB proposed new rules regarding progress inspections for new construction and compliance with the NYC Energy Conservation Code. Our Green Building Committee analyzed the new rules and put forward detailed recommendations on the proposed rules.

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Residential Streetscape Preservation Text Amendment

CHPC’s major concern was the practical implications of requiring a new parking space complying with the more stringent new standards for a created unit in an existing residence in R3 and R4 districts. Although laudable in intent, CHPC did foresee that this will serve as an additional disincentive to legalized conversions. The City Planning Commission modified the language regarding the removal of parking spaces from buildings created before 1961 in response to CHPC’s testimony.

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Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program

CHPC’s Zoning Committee testified and submitted written comments on the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program on October 26, 2009, suggesting modifications to provide more of an FAR incentive to potential grocery developers and to provide for ongoing review of the project by the CPC. Based on this suggestion the City Planning Commission eliminated a requirement that residential stories have a minimum floor-to-ceiling height 8 feet - 6 inches in mixed-use buildings.

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Broadway Triangle Rezoning

In 2009, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the rezoning of Broadway Triangle. An initiative of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, CHPC’s Zoning Committee submitted comments on the proposed text amendment, focusing on density issues, the role of the Pfizer site in the rezoning, and the likely impact on local small businesses.

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Testimony on Green Building Legislation

CHPC’s Jerilyn Perine gave testimony before the New York City Environmental Protection Committee on proposed green building legislation.

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Bicycle Parking

To attract more commuters to take up cycling as their chosen mode of transit, CHPC made suggestions to the Department of City Planning to provide for safe and robust infrastructure, while simultaneously incentivizing bicycle usage and discouraging the use of cars.

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