A case-study examination of the hurdles in NYC’s zoning and housing regulations that prevent buildings from reaching their full potential as prescribed.
Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment
CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been assisting the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so as to both streamline repair and rebuild efforts and improve the flood resilience of new and existing buildings.
Long lines formed yesterday at Bowling Green for a public hearing by the City Planning Commission on two proposed zoning text amendments: Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH). The two proposals are key elements of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan.
Steering the New Course: policy ideas for the new administration
With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for housing and land use that can result in positive change for our city and all New Yorkers.
CHPC Testifies in Favor of Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment
CHPC supported the text changes made by the Department of City Planning to introduce measures for flood prevention methods pre-dating Hurricane Sandy.
CHPC Testifies In Favor of HPD adAPT Application
On Wednesday, October 2nd, we testified in favor of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s application for the adAPT RFP at the hearing of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises of the City Council’s Land Use Committee.
Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment Testimony
The Zoning Committee of CHPC reviewed the proposed text submitted by the Department of City Planning & offered suggestions that were subsequently adopted.
Manhattan Core Parking Testimony
This morning, we testified in the Council Chambers favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed text changes on Manhattan Core parking policies.
CHPC Testifies at Public Hearing on Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Area
In July 2012, CHPC testified at a public hearing before the City Planning Commission regarding the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project.
Car Share Zoning Text Amendment
The Department of City Planning recently proposed a zoning text amendment to define car sharing in the Zoning Resolution and establish clear rules to allow car sharing vehicles to park in public parking facilities, as well as in parking facilities accessory to residential, commercial, and other uses.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.