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Residents of many New York City neighborhoods are coming out against the city’s plans to changing the zoning regulations. Citizens Housing & Planning Council presented their report to the C.B. 4 Land Use committee on March 16.
Changes are needed in order to meet the demands of the mayor’s affordable housing push according to representatives of Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Of particular concern to the group is how the limitations on building dimensions (called the envelope) reduce the amount of residential units in a new development.
A recent study by Citizens Housing and Planning Council shows that there has been a decrease in the economic and ethnic diversity of many New York City neighborhoods between 2000 and 2010. With the expiration of the city’s 421-a program in June, the government needs to create policies that will better address this issue.
For the mayor’s push to increase affordable housing buildings, changes will have to be made to the ‘Building Envelope.’ Citizens Housing & Planning Council Deputy Director Sarah Watson and President Mark Ginsberg presented their findings at at Community Board 4 Committee meeting on March 16.
According to the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, New York City is joining others such as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh that are seeing singles make up close to half their household. This is spurring the need for micro apartments.
The mayor’s recently announced housing plan has experts weighing in on ways to create affordable housing in the city. Reference was made to two Citizens Housing & Planning Council reports
“Balanced Housing for a Smart Region and “Out of Balance: The Housing Crisis from a Regional Perspective”. Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine also had this to say, “You can’t just ask localities in the region to bear the brunt of an overflow housing demand in New York City. It has to be part of a strategy that’s going to help them solve some of their problems as well.”
Citizens Housing & Planning Council estimates that 56 percent of New York City dwellers live alone. The winning design for the adAPT NYC microdwelling pilot program will contain modular apartments between 250 and 370 square feet to help solve the city’s lack of housing stock and the growing number of individuals living alone.
With the changes announced to the city’s zoning laws on Friday, Citizens’s Housing & Planning Council report “The Building Envelope Conundrum” is again in the news. The study was conducted by our Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Watson and President Mark Ginsberg.
The practice of setting aside half of lower rent units in new developments for local residents is coming under scrutiny of Fair Housing advocates. They are looking into whether this is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which does not allow agencies who receive federal funding from any form of discrimination. Citizens Housing & Planning Council’s Executive Director Jerilyn Perine had this to say on the issue. “People in communities who take a stand to make it better, aren’t these the people we want to have remain?”
My Micro NY made of prefabricated modular units built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be stacked into place this spring. The apartments will come with kitchenettes, wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and other amenities. Sarah Watson, Deputy Executive Director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council is optimistic that with new zoning changes, micro apartments will gain firm footing in New York over time.
The mayor’s plan of building affordable apartments over the track at Sunnyside Yards in Queens has experts weighing in on the idea. Executive Director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Jerilyn Perine felt this was an idea worth exploring “I’m not saying that it is not complicated – I’m sure that there are many, many technical issues of course.” She also added that the city had done projects of this magnitude before.
In a new report called Pump Up the Volume, Citizens Housing and Planning Council exposes the flaws in the states system of distributing tax exempt bonds. According to Daniel Parcerisas, policy analyst at the organization “it creates uncertainty.”