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City Amends Rezoning Proposal Because Everyone Freaked Out

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Mayor de Blasio's 10-year, $41 billion affordable housing plan has its critics and detractors, no doubt, but the administration is still pushing forward with an amended version of the plan, which would affect zoning laws—not cause a rezoning, per se—throughout the city in an effort to create more "affordable" and "quality" apartments. Now, amidst the ever-present concern of preservationists, City Planning has lobbed 10 feet off of new height limits proposed for some residential neighborhoods so that a vast majority of contextually zoned areas (the Greenwich Villages and Park Slopes of the city) will only see an allowable height increase of five feet or less, or by one or two stories with the inclusion of affordable housing, Crain's reports.

Much of the concern surrounding the shift in zoning laws focuses on how it will affect said contextually zoned neighborhoods, but Crain's says that the affect of de Blasio's zoning shift would be "minimal" because it's not profitable for developers to tear down townhouses to build something negligibly taller, and that the contextually zoned neighborhoods are often landmarked, meaning that any new construction would have to come before the LPC.

In an effort to subdue the hysteria over a potential zoning shift, the Department of City Planning has posted profiles detailing how it may affect each of the city's neighborhoods. The ULURP process for the proposal is expected to begin in September.
· City acts to tamp down hysteria over de Blasio zoning plan [Crain's]
· Groups Voice Opposition to Zoning Changes at City Hall [Curbed]
· In the Rezone archives [Curbed]