Thursday, May 21, 2009

Last Night's Re-Zoning CB 7 Meeting

Phew! Here's the end result of all the public hearings and demonstrations regarding the CB 7 vote on the proposed re-zoning of Sunset Park. If you were there and have a different take on the proceedings, please chime in. It seems that the two changes/requests (see below) would have been a part of the vote anyway, at least based on how CB 7 has voted in the past. What do you think?

Thanks to a reader for sending in this information:

The board approved the re-zoning plan proposed by the NYC Dept. of City Planning with the addition of the following recommendations:

1- Re-zone the length of Fourth Avenue under study to R6A, not R7A as proposed, to protect the panoramic view from the park.

2- Include anti-displacement clause requiring an owner who is filing to alter or demolish an occupied building to obtain a Certificate of No-Harassment in order to get Department of Buildings approval.

It was quite a lively evening. Some people demonstrated outside with signs calling for CB7 to vote against the plan, as proposed. About 15 minutes into the regular monthly meeting, the demonstrators came in, filling the space to standing-room only capacity. They were not shy about expressing their views throughout the reading of the resolution and the subsequent voting.

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Anonymous said...

The recommendations can be ignored by city planning as well as the vote. The CB only has "advisory" status on this.

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

This is true. But since it's the only relatively "official" way that residents can feel like they have a say in this, it still means a lot.

Anonymous said...

Meh, I think it would have meant a lot more for them to say they reject the plan without the additions instead of supporting it with caveats.

Anonymous said...

and did we have a say?? or did we get scammed?