Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Reynoso suggests changes to rezoning process

From Crains:

An elected official is proposing major changes to the city's land-use process after community opposition led the City Council to reject two projects earlier this year.

The developments would have included about 375 affordable apartments, and more could soon be lost: Protesters recently shut down a meeting about a Williamsburg proposal that planned for 1,146 apartments, according to the developer, perhaps a third of them affordable.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso released a white paper Tuesday arguing for more community engagement whenever projects proposed by private developers need approval from the city. The idea is for developers to address local concerns early, thus tempering the sort of opposition that led lawmakers to denounce a 209-unit affordable development proposed for Sunnyside and a 355-unit building proposed for Inwood that would have been half affordable. The developer of the Sunnyside building withdrew its application before it could go to a vote, while the Inwood proposal was rejected by the City Council, which votes as a body on land-use matters but typically defers to the wishes of the local representative.

"Under my process, [the community's] concerns hopefully would have been known and addressed earlier," Reynoso said.

The white paper, which Reynoso characterized as a starting point for potentially broader reforms, outlines eight changes he believes would make the city's public review procedure less contentious. The biggest switch would be to publicize plans from private developers well before it is too late to change them.

Proposal from Council Member Antonio Reynoso by crainsnewyork on Scribd


Anonymous said...

Begs the question, why is Reynoso the only one to think of this? Some long-sitting , do-nothing members couldn't come up with something positive like this over the years?

Anonymous said...

Ike this need to be scoped carefully.
Often a good looking proposal hides benefits to developers intent on raping babes.

Anonymous said...

The Queens pols are busy forming bogus civics that will rubber stamp anything given to them, so anything the developers want will fly with "community support" out here.

As long as the community are given the right to tinker with the landscaping they are happy.

The transient hipshits that were supposed to 'revitalize' the community will be bought of with a bike rank and bike lanes that no one uses, and a place that serves terrible coffee at outrageous prices.