Thursday, November 22, 2007

AIA and DCP are trying to pull a fast one

Some proposed changes to the city zoning text are making their way through the Uniform Land Use Review Process, originating from a somewhat unlikely source. Rather than stemming from community outcries surrounding overdevelopment, or a city-backed plan to spur economic activity, these changes come from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

...some of the changes would result in increased building heights and density, especially in areas where buildings that don't match current zoning code already exist.

For instance, one proposal calls for allowing 100 percent lot coverage in R6 through R10 districts to create a continuous street wall. Meanwhile, another proposed amendment would change the regulations that limits lots less than 18 feet wide to one- and two-family dwellings, allowing instead for multi-family homes.

AIA-Backed Zoning Changes Come as Shock

A fourth proposal, however, deals with side yards and open space. Currently, in R3-1, R3-2, R4, and R5 districts, side yard requirements are waived if a building on the adjacent lot abuts the lot line. Under the AIA's proposal, side yard requirements could also be waived if doing so doesn't adversely affect a neighborhood's essential character or impede future development.

...many community boards just recently learned of the proposals. Under normal ULURP practices, both community boards and borough presidents have their own review period, but since the proposals have citywide ramifications, those review periods are lumped into one.


Anonymous said...

Again, you read it on Queens Crap first.

The downzone efforts in eastern Queens were a waste of time. You spent tons of money, lots of time, and the politicians will let spot variances in which will make your communities swiss cheese. Just wait to Tony is term limited out of office.

What is needed is a grass roots city wide effort to downzone everyting.

Zero Population Growth!

Anonymous said...

Lets not mix issues here 100% lot coverage has nothing to do with street walls - AS it stands in R6 thru R10 zones there are NO SIDE YARD REQUIREMENTS WHICH ESTABLISHES THE STREET WALL - However theere is a max street wall - so before you start ripping apart the AIA or architects in general - learn the zoning code and understand why changes are being suggested.

Anonymous said...

The Queens chapter of the AIA, no doubt,
(and its primo"goomba"architect)
has put their two cents into this one.

Coming soon to your hood....
some more "casa di cacchinas"
(sorry if the spelling ain't right) !