From the Queens Gazette:
Zoning Committee Chair John Carusone said new restrictions on curb cuts on properties less than 40 feet wide would impact parking and restrict development, especially in cases of conversions of two-family into three-family homes.
A slew of new regulations couched inside the streetscape text amendment infuriated Board Member Gerald Caliendo. An architect by profession, Caliendo said, “I am completely disgusted with the amount of [zoning] changes [the DCP] are bombarding us.” Echoing Carusone, also an architect by profession, Caliendo said people “won’t be able to build”.
In parts of Queens within Community Boards 1 and 2, existing buildings whose owners want to provide new parking spaces and construct curb cuts to access parking on wide streets are allowed to apply for authorization. The proposed text amendment would give DCP the power to review the effect of a new curb cut on the character of the streetscape.
Cracking down on “parking pads”, the proposal would also prohibit parking in front of all detached buildings on lots less than 35 feet wide and would permit new curb cuts only if they access a driveway located within a side yard that is at least eight feet wide.
For required parking in conversions, the text amendment proposes R3 and R4 units be required to provide an off-street parking space in addition to any existing parking spaces on the lot.
That's funny, most Queens taxpayers I speak with are more concerned about having their streetscape remain intact and not looking like a third world slum rather than milking their cash cow until it can't stand up anymore. This is why having real estate people on your community board is generally a bad idea. However, if you reside within the Community Board from Hell, then you probably have been appointed by a Vallone, or by the borough president with the blessing of a Vallone.
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