Discussion relating to NIMBY activity and projects currently under scrutiny

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The proposed zoning would ban any commercial development at all in the area, with the exception of “community uses,” like medical offices and daycares. More importantly for the Gamma project, the rezoning would also impose a height cap on new buildings, limiting projects to 260 feet, or about 25 stories—a major change for the neighborhood.
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“[In 2015] these buildings weren’t up,” Levine tells Curbed. “Now, everyone can look up in the sky and see exactly the impact on Central Park that we had feared. … The threat is no longer hypothetical.”

the bill calls for the task force to study projects that have the potential to cast shadows, and issue recommendations to the mayor (which could include proposed changes to developments).


There are a number of proposals that, if enacted, would substantially change the ULURP process. Several focus on changes at the “pre-ULURP” stage, such as:

    • • Allowing Council members and Community Boards to review land use applications at earlier stages in the process.
    • • Requiring the Department of City Planning (“DCP”) to release a “notice of intent to consider zoning changes” as a first step.

A considerable number of proposals focus on the ULURP process itself. For example, the public has suggested:

    • • Eliminating City Council review.
    • • Enacting a public petition process to replace the Community Board role.
    • • Removing the Borough Board vote requirement for land use applications that “do not have a borough-wide impact.”
    • • Conferring Community Boards with binding power and requiring more notice or longer periods of time to respond.
    • • Requiring a supermajority vote by the City Planning Commission (“CPC”) or alternatively prohibiting approval entirely if the Community Board and/or Borough President and/or Borough Board do not approve a land use application.

Other proposals suggest requiring ULURP for large residential or commercial projects in excess of 100,000 square feet or 100 units, zoning text changes and buildings that will be “significantly taller than surrounding buildings.” One proposal even suggests ending as-of-right development altogether, subjecting all projects to the ULURP process.

Another category of proposals focuses on Community Boards, the CPC and the Board of Standards and Appeals (“BSA”).

As for Community Boards, proposals include granting Community Boards subpoena powers, imposing enhanced conflict of interest rules, automatically removing members who do not attend meetings regularly, electing Community Board members and imposing training requirements.

With respect to the CPC, proposals suggest increased representation from elected officials and/or removal of mayoral control, and requiring the CPC to study displacement risk in New York City.

Regarding the BSA, proposals have focused on the BSA composition (for example, including representation from elected officials), scaling back the BSA’s power by allowing the City Council to review and veto variances approved by the BSA, and creating a BSA review time frame.

To reopen this thread. NIMBY against 20-story building in Bushwick, 1333 Broadway. Heated community meeting shrouded with NIMBY yelling and screaming.

The plans are to raze a vacant lot and build a 20 story residential building with 30% affordability.