Since October 2005, the City Planning Commission has been studying Community Board 3's rezoning proposal for the East Village and Lower East Side. While they were hitting the books, many builders were taking advantage of the outdated and pretty much nonexistent zoning guidelines for those neighborhoods, but now study time is finally over. The City Planning Commission has announced that the public review process will finally begin. We've dabbled in the various proposed changes in the past, but basically building heights would be limited to 120 feet on certain main arteries, and 75-80 feet on quieter side streets. The proposed rezoning area covers 110 blocks bounded by East 13th Street to the north, Avenue D to the east, Grand and Delancey streets to the south, and Third Avenue and the Bowery to the west. CB3 gets 60 days to review the proposal, after which it will wind its way through the ULURP process. Hurry up and lay those foundations, developers!
· LES/EVil Downzoning: No More BLUEs? [Curbed]
· East Village / Lower East Side [nyc.gov]