Sunday, April 19, 2015

Katz, Borough Board opposed to de Blasio zoning plan

QUEENS, NY - Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the preliminary proposal to eliminate or reduce parking spot requirements for any affordable and/or senior housing, as presented by the Department of City Planning to the Borough Board last night:

Serious concerns were raised by the Queens Borough Board. In a transit desert like the borough of Queens, the reality for many families is having to rely on cars to get to work. For our seniors, we want them to maintain an independent, active quality of living for as long as possible. Our current mass transit system – including subways, buses and Access-A-Ride – is simply insufficient in reliability, frequency and reach to warrant stripping parking requirements. We share the goal of creating more affordable units, however, and we’re glad the city is coming up with outside-the-box ideas to reach this goal. We look forward to continuing discussions with the agency about alternative solutions for fair and smart growth.”

The preliminary proposal was one part of the Department of City Planning’s overall presentation about “Zoning for Quality and Affordability”.


Anonymous said...

Well, some one has to run against Bill DeBlasio in 2017, and I don't think Christine Quinn is coming back.

Anonymous said...

What, is Katz displaying some civic virtue here?

Anonymous said...

The only way parking reduction can work is if the owner(s) and residents sign legally binding agreements that the vehicle ownership rate at that site is lower than Borough average or 0.