Sorry to have to drop this bomb on you (pun intended), but our wonderful Mayor is trying to pull a BIG fast one on us.
Was directed to this Carroll Gardens Courier article by by Lost City:
Community input has always been a key feature of the city’s land use decision-making process.
That, however, could be stripped away in the near future, as revisions to ULURP (Uniform Land Usage Review Procedure) are reportedly going to be looked at by a City Charter revision panel that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to put together next year.
According to an informed source, who attended a discussion of the issue at a meeting held by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the goal may be to shorten the lengthy ULURP process, which mandates review of zoning changes from the local through citywide levels over a specific period of time.
“There is a persistent rumor that the mayor is going to be doing a charter revision commission and one of the things that has been rumored to be on the table is rewriting ULURP, specifically the community board’s and possibly the borough president’s role in ULURP,” noted the pundit.
“In their mind, they want to ensure that development goes as quickly as possible, particularly in this economy,” noted the source. “Now, they have to wait 200 days to go through ULURP. What if they could get their shovels in the ground after 60 days?”