Saturday, July 25, 2015

Zoning changes for Sandy affected communities

From the Queens Chronicle:

The City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a zoning text amendment aimed at easing restrictions for homeowners looking to rebuild their houses in Sandy-affected communities.

The Special Regulations for Neighborhood Recovery text amendment expedites the process for elevating houses in Community Districts 10, 13 and 14 in Queens and in parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

The new zoning rules:
• Allow homeowners to elevate or rebuild homes even if the structure doesn't comply with zoning. As it stands, homeowners cannot be approved for elevation if their property does not conform to code.
• Create a “zoning envelope” to allow homes to have a wider footprint than they have now. This is aimed at ceasing the construction of tall buildings with narrow lots, according to city officials.
• Permit homeowners to elevate parts of a structure even if it is below the adjacent grade level. As it stands, homeowners are not allowed to do that.


Anonymous said...

and if SS Sandy hit NYC 6 hours earlier or later nobody would remember it.

Anonymous said...

Anon. No. 1: But it didn't. And we have to deal with the damage that was done.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1: is that a reference to the tides? And if so, so what? And what is your point? Please try to demonstrate its not as utterly irrelevant as it seems.

Anonymous said...

Apparently anon 1 is unable to comply with your requests. Nice try, though.