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City Charter Land Use Panel Testimony
We testified at the City Charter Revision Commission forum on land use last Thursday (24th June 2010) and thankfully ‘long-term planning’ was a prominent theme (you can watch the full four hours here). The debate around how long term planning could be better integrated in the structure and processes of government was brought to the fore by a question by Commissioner Hope Cohen of the RPA, which led to one of the most lengthy discussions of the night. There seemed to be a lot of support for exploring how an overall sustainability framework and long-term plan for the city …Read more
City Charter Revision – CHPC’s position paper
As highlighted by Mayor Bloomberg when he announced the Commission, the challenges and opportunities in New York City today are vastly different from those in 1989. We believe that this shift is most acute in the areas in which CHPC specializes ‐ housing preservation and development, land use policy, and long‐term planning ‐ and this must be reflected in the City Charter. PlaNYC, launched in 2007, was the articulation of this new era for New York City. It set out the key goals for a sustainable 21st century city, and showed the world that New York continues to be forward‐thinking …Read more
‘Key Terms’ Clarification Text Amendment
In 2007, the Department of City Planning rejected the application of an owner of an Upper East Side townhouse to convert his basement into a garage with a curb cut. The applicant sued, contesting the usage of the term “development” when his townhouse was, in fact, an existing building. The State Supreme Court agreed and this decision prompted City Planning to rethink the definition and the usage of both of these incredibly important terms.
The CHPC Zoning Committee was one of the few organizations who were asked to review hundreds of pages of altered Zoning Resolution text throughout Spring and …Read more
Testimony on new DOB rules
In May 2010, the Department of Buildings proposed new rules regarding progress inspections for new construction and compliance with the NYC Energy Conservation Code. Our Green Building Committee analyzed the complication new rules and put forward our detailed recommendations on amended the proposed rules. Our testimony followed a similar theme for CHPC; there should be more focus on incentivizing green construction materials and processes rather than adding to the cost of construction for developers.
DOB Energy Code Comments by the Green Building Committee
Our committee has reviewed the proposed amendment and adoption of new rules related to the NYC Energy …Read more
Residential Streetscape Preservation Text Amendment
The Department of City Planning recently put forward a citywide zoning text amendment to preserve and enhance the streetscape character of residential neighborhoods. The text amendment closes loopholes in front yard planting requirements, responds to concerns of Community Boards and elected officials related to inappropriate curb cuts and front yard parking pads, and clarifies parking requirements for new dwelling units created in existing homes and for older residential buildings developed before there were parking requirements.
CHPC’s Zoning Committee met with DCP to discuss this initiative and also moderated a DCP presentation of the rezoning jointly with AIANY at the Center …Read more
Policy Brief on new Green Building Legislation
In December 2009, the City Council passed a number of local laws as part of New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Our green building committee set out a number of ongoing concerns to the City Council, on behalf of the housing development industry, regarding the public policy direction of the new green legislation. In the letter, we said:
While we are encouraged by the passing of these Local Laws, we would like to set out our continued concerns so that they may be taken into account when implementing this legislation and developing future green initiatives.
1. CHPC recommends that …Read more
Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program
The Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program is designed to facilitate the development of stores selling a full range of food products with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and other perishable goods. It provides zoning incentives for neighborhood grocery stores to locate in some of the most underserved neighborhoods in the City with primarily pedestrian-oriented, local shopping districts.
CHPC’s Zoning Committee testified and submitted written comments on this 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 …Read more
Broadway Triangle Rezoning
In September 2009, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the rezoning of Broadway Triangle, a tract of land at the intersection of Bed-Stuy, Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The rezoning, an initiative of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, has garnered considerable attention in the press. 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.
Read our comments here (pdf).…Read more
Testimony on Green Building Legislation
Testimony of Jerilyn Perine before the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee on proposed green legislation.
You can read the transcript of the full testimony here .…Read more
The Department of City Planning proposed a Zoning Resolution text amendment to mandate bicycle storage in all new construction. In January 2009, CHPC submitted a full Policy Brief and testified in opposition to this proposal. Our testimony centered on the unprecedented cost burden that this would place on developers and the lack of demonstrated benefit for such a significant amendment.
Update: Following our testimony, the City Planning Commission modified the amendment. One modification provided for a reduction or waiver of the bicycle parking requirement by the …Read more
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