Sunday, February 15, 2009
Who does this new building process really benefit?
(This is audio only - listen carefully to what the mayor says about lawsuits.)
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New Formal Public Challenge Process
* Initial Public Challenge Period: When DOB approves plans for any new building or major enlargement, the building diagrams, called ZD1 forms, and other associated documents will be uploaded to the DOB website. In addition, once a permit is issued builders will be required to post the permit at the location within three days so the public is aware of the proposed development. New Yorkers will have 30 calendar days to review and challenge the development approval.
And what if they fail to post it at the site? Then what happens? Who is making sure they do?
* Initial Zoning Challenge Review: After the initial public challenge period ends, the DOB Borough Commissioner will address every challenge by conducting a full review of the construction plans and rendering decisions that will be posted online. If a challenge is determined to be valid, appropriate enforcement action will be taken, including issuing Stop Work Orders, revoking of permits, and requiring redesigns of the proposed construction.
Why are permits being issued before the initial review period is over and a determination is issued?
* Community Appeals Period: If the Borough Commissioner determines that a challenge is invalid, the public will be given an additional 15 calendar days to appeal to the First Deputy Commissioner.
A nice big waste of time.
* Final Zoning Challenge Review: Once the First Deputy Commissioner issues a determination, the decision may be appealed to the Board of Standards and Appeals for a final determination.
Why are we bringing them into it? They issue zoning variances 90% of the time when there is no hardship proved.
How will this stop the insidious problem of developers lying to get permits and then building whatever the hell they want anyway?
Are we going to be replacing the ULURP process with this?
Tony Avella thinks its a farce. And he's right.
Let's not neglect to mention the "secret list".