Friday, January 31, 2014
Melinda wants LPC decisions to be time-limited
In their first joint public appearance, the city's five borough presidents—four of them new to their office this month—laid out their visions for development of their domains at a forum Tuesday hosted by Crain's. Borough presidents play an advisory but influential role in the land use review process, giving them the potential to spur, shape and sometimes kill projects.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz called for a "real process" with more public input for planned developments at Flushing Meadow Park and Willets Point, and a "more finite" plan. "I think we need to take a little step back," she said. Ms. Katz, the former chair of the City Council's Land Use Committee, also is pushing for better transportation to the Rockaways.
The five borough presidents offered differing views on the creation of historic districts by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Ms. Katz offered another criticism of the process, saying proposals for historic districts linger for extended periods of time without being voted on, causing land to sit undeveloped. She once sponsored a bill setting a time limit for such proposals, and called for such a measure to be introduced again.