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Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Chapter 8 of The New York City Charter and Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York (the “Rules”) provide for the submission, review and approval of land use applications and their related environmental review materials.  Historically, such applications were received by the Department of City Planning (“DCP”) in hardcopy and, more recently, digitally via email. Review of such applications is conducted by DCP, community boards, borough president’s offices and other public entities, and the results of such reviews are transmitted, both to applicants and other stakeholders, via paper copies and email. 

To improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of the application process, DCP is developing a paperless filing system (PFS) that will provide an electronic platform for the application process and enable the submission of applications and related communications without the use of paper and, for the most part, email. Facilitating collaboration, the PFS will enable DCP staff, applicants and their representatives, and governmental entities to access the system via a web-based interface, and those entities who make, modify or review applications to more smoothly exchange materials, comments, and ideas.  PFS will also allow members of the public to more easily access applications and related materials and understand the timeline for public review. 

The Rules currently contain certain terms and phrases which, if construed literally, would either not allow aspects of the PFS to be implemented or require methods of communication in addition to those proposed to be employed by the PFS.

To facilitate the full implementation of the PFS, DCP is proposing some minor changes to Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, & 10 of the Rules to ensure that the PFS will operate as intended without violating the Rules.  The proposed revisions would not substantively modify the Rules in that they would still require forms of notice and document delivery (including applications) between DCP, applicants, and stakeholders but would remove references to certain methods and modes of communication that would conflict with the efficiencies enabled by the PFS. The proposed changes are also intended to be generic enough to allow for further evolution in communication that may develop in the future.    

Specifically, to allow use of the PFS, the proposed rule changes would clarify, where necessary, that land use application or environmental review materials may be filed and sent among the stakeholders via media other than paper. Comments on such applications could be submitted to DCP via the PFS from a community board or borough president’s office with access to the PFS via DCP’s website.  As the PFS would allow payment of application fees via methods other than by check, the current land use and CEQR fee rules would be modified to remove the requirement for payment to be attached to the application at the time of an application (although payment would be required for an application to be deemed “filed”). On a more basic level the proposed modifications would also remove references to the DCP’s and City Planning Commission’s former address at 22 Reade Street. With a similar purpose of updating and clarifying, the proposed rule change would also make the relevant ULURP rule for notice of (E) designations consistent with related Section 11-15 of the Zoning Resolution and incorporate reference to DCP’s website to reduce paper.

DCP’s authority for these rules is found in sections 1043 and 191(b)(2) of the New York City Charter.

Subject: 

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Location: 
Department of City Planning
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271
Contact: 

Dominick Answini

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

 

Background: Section 98-30 of the New York City Zoning Resolution established a High Line Transfer Corridor (“HLTC”) within the Special West Chelsea District (“WCh”). Within WCh, certain receiving sites may increase floor area up to a maximum set forth in Section 98-22 by purchasing unused transferable development rights (“TDRs”) from properties within the HLTC.

  • Example: A receiving site in WCh purchases 10,000 square feet (“sf”) of TDR from a site in the HLTC. That purchase increases the maximum permitted floor area on the receiving site by 10,000sf, and reduces the maximum permitted floor area on the HLTC site by 10,000 sf. It transfers the floor area from one site to the other.  

 

Because these TDRs are finite, Section 98-262(c) provides an alternate way for receiving sites to achieve the maximum floor area set forth in Section 98-22: Once the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission has determined that more than 90 percent of the HLTC TDRs have been transferred, a developer may increase the floor area on a receiving site by making a dollar contribution per square foot increase to the West Chelsea Affordable Housing Fund (“WCAHF”). 

  • Example: Once the WCAHF is in effect, a receiving site in WCh that needs to increase maximum permitted floor area by 10,000 sf can either: (1) purchase 10,000 sf of TDR from an HLTC site OR (2) make a per-square-foot contribution to the WCAHF for 10,000 sf of development rights.  

 

As provided in Section 98-262(c), the WCAHF is to be administered by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to support the production and preservation of affordable housing in Manhattan Community District 4.

 

Section 98-262(c) further provides that the Commission shall determine the contribution amount per square foot increase through a rulemaking process, and that such amount may be adjusted by rule not more than once a year.

 

Proposed Rule: On September 7, 2017, the Chairperson determined that 90 percent of the HLTC TDRs have been transferred. This rule proposes to establish a contribution amount per square foot increase into the WCAHF. 

 

Neither the Zoning Resolution nor the Commission Report approving the WCh text amendment (N 050161(A) ZRM) specifies a method of valuation for the contribution to the WCAHF, which the City Council created through its modification to the Commission-approved version of the WCh text amendment in accordance with City Charter Section 200. At the time of approval, the previous Mayoral Administration entered into a Points of Agreement with the City Council stipulating that the amount of the contribution would be based on the price of HLTC TDRs at the time when 90 percent of the TDRs had been transferred. The contribution amounts for similar mechanisms in the Special Hudson Yards District (ZR 93-31) and the Theater Subdistrict of the Special Midtown District (ZR 81-744) are also based, in part, on the market price of development rights in those areas. The Department believes the approach in WCh fits with those precedents.     

 

The Department analyzed the price per square foot of all 19 arms’-length transactions over the five years preceding the Chairperson determination that 90 percent of the HLTC TDRs had been transferred and determined that the median price for these transactions is $504.48 per square foot. For the sake of simplicity, the Commission proposes to set the contribution amount for the WCAHF at $500 per square foot of increase pursuant to Section 98-262(c).   

 

The City Planning Commission’s and Department of City Planning’s authority for these rules is found in section 1043 and 191(b)(2) of the New York City Charter and Section 98-262(c) of the New York City Zoning Resolution.

 

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“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York is amended by adding a new Section 11 to Chapter 3, to read as follows:

 

 

§3-11. Contributions to the West Chelsea Affordable Housing Fund Pursuant to Section 98-262(c) of the New York City Zoning Resolution.

 

Contributions to the West Chelsea Affordable Housing Fund pursuant to Section 98-262(c) of the New York City Zoning Resolution shall be made in an amount equal to $500 per square foot of floor area increase.

 

Subject: 

.West Chelsea Affordable Housing Fund Contribution Rate

Location: 
Spector Hall
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

John Mangin
jmangin@planning.nyc.gov
(212) 720-3454

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

NOTICE OF ADOPTION

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the authority vested in the City Planning Commission by Sections 192 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, that the City Planning Commission hereby adopts the repeal of and addition of a new rule under Chapter 4 of Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York, regarding procedures for the New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program consistency review by the City Coastal Commission and the Department of City Planning.  This rule was first published for comment in the City Record on June 24, 2016, and a public hearing thereon was held on July 27, 2016.  On July 27, 2016, Cal. No. 40, the hearing was closed.  This rule shall take effect 30 days from the date hereof.

 

New material is underlined.

                                        

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

Section 1. Chapter 4 of Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York is REPEALED and a new Chapter 4 is added, to read as follows:

 

Title 62:  Department of City Planning 

Chapter 4: Procedures for New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) Consistency Review by the City Coastal Commission and the Department of City Planning

 

§4-01  Applicability.

This chapter sets forth the procedures applicable to the review of actions located in the New York City Coastal Zone by the City Planning Commission (the Commission), in its capacity as the City Coastal Commission (CCC), and by the Department of City Planning (the Department) as provided in the WRP.  Three separate categories of actions are subject to such review process:

(a) Local discretionary actions that are classified as Type 1 or Unlisted pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) or City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR);

(b) State actions that are subject to WRP consistency review by the relevant state agency pursuant to the applicable laws and regulations referenced in subdivision b of section 4-03 of this chapter;

(c) Federal direct actions, permit and license actions, and financial assistance actions that are subject to WRP consistency review by the New York State Department of State (DOS) for the relevant federal agency pursuant to the applicable laws and regulations referenced in subdivision b of section 4-03 of this chapter.

The Department’s or the CCC’s review of state and federal actions, as referenced herein, is advisory and for the purpose of consultation in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.

 

§4-02 CCC and Department Review.

As the administrator of the WRP with the CCC, the Department is responsible for coordinating all WRP consistency reviews. The Department evaluates all actions covered by section 4-01 of this chapter to determine which warrant CCC review, in accordance with the criteria set forth in this section. The Department reviews all actions covered by this chapter that do not warrant CCC review.

The CCC reviews:

(a) Local actions that are subject to Commission approval pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) or other provision of the City Charter, including those for which the Commission is the designated CEQR lead agency; and

(b) Local, state or federal actions that, in the Department’s view, would substantially hinder the achievement of one or more policies of the WRP.

 

§4-03 Reviews for Consistency with the WRP.

(a)  Local actions.Except as provided in section 4-04(a) of this chapter, no CEQR lead or involved agency may make a final decision to undertake, fund, or approve an action unless and until the lead agency, or the CCC when the lead agency is the Commission, finds that such action will not substantially hinder the achievement of any WRP policy and determines that the action is consistent with the WRP, in accordance with the standards set forth in the WRP.  When the lead agency is other than the Commission, the Department must concur with such finding.      

(1)  Local actions subject to Commission approval. The CCC’s review of actions for consistency with the WRP is incorporated into the Commission’s existing review procedures pursuant to ULURP or other provision of the Charter, or pursuant to CEQR.

(2)  Local actions not subject to Commission approval.

(i)    The CEQR lead agency shall provide the Department with its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or draft Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS), whichever is applicable, containing the agency’s draft WRP consistency assessment and determination, at the earliest possible date, and in no event less than thirty (30) days before issuance of a Negative Declaration, a Conditional Negative Declaration or, if the agency has prepared a draft EIS, a Notice of Completion. The Department may request additional information to assist in the evaluation of the proposed action, which the agency shall promptly provide. 

(ii)   Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the lead agency’s draft WRP consistency assessment and determination, the Department will notify the lead agency as to whether the Department concurs or does not concur with the proposed consistency determination and will provide written comments on the assessment, if any. 

(iii)  When the lead agency has prepared an EAS, if the Department is properly notified of such agency’s consistency assessment and determination and does not respond to such agency in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt, the lead agency may deem its consistency determination to have been accepted by the Department. 

(b)  State and federal actions.  The coordination of the Department’s or the CCC’s review   of state and federal actions with the relevant state agency and DOS, respectively, including review periods and the procedures for transmission of comments and findings, shall be in accordance with the relevant state and federal laws and regulations, including Article 42 of the New York State Executive Law (§§910 through 922) and 16 U.S.C. §§ 1451 et seq, respectively, and shall follow the guidelines for notification and review of federal and state actions, which are appended to the WRP.   

(c)  Inconsistency with the WRP. For all actions, where an inconsistency with one or more policies of the WRP has been identified, the Department or the CCC, as applicable, may recommend alternatives or modifications to the action or mitigation measures in order to avoid or minimize the inconsistency.  If, in the Department’s or the CCC’s view, an inconsistency presents a substantial hindrance to the achievement of one or more policies of the WRP, the provisions of section 4-04 shall apply.

(d) Public Notice.  All actions will be subject to any applicable procedures for public notice for the action under review. There are no additional public notice or participation requirements pursuant to this chapter.

 

§4-04 Substantial Hindrance to the WRP.

(a)  Local actions. 

(1)  Local actions subject to Commission approval.  The Commission may not approve an action that will substantially hinder the achievement of one or more policies of the WRP, unless, in its capacity as the CCC, it makes the following four findings:

i. No reasonable alternatives exist which would permit the action to be taken in a manner which would not substantially hinder the achievement of such policy;

ii. The action taken will minimize all adverse effects on such policies to the maximum extent practicable;

iii. The action will advance one or more of the other coastal policies; and

iv. The action will result in an overriding local or regional public benefit.

(2)  Local actions not subject to Commission approval.  A CEQR lead or involved agency may not undertake, fund, or approve an action that will substantially hinder the achievement of one or more policies of theWRP unless the CEQR lead agency makes the four findings in paragraph 1 of this subdivision with the concurrence of the CCC.

Where the findings set forth in paragraph 1 of this subdivision are met, the action shall be deemed consistent with the WRP. 

(b)  State and federal actions.  The CCC shall provide an advisory determination as to whether the four findings set forth in paragraph 1 of subdivision a are met.  The Department shall transmit the CCC’s findings to the relevant state agency or DOS for the purpose of consultation in accordance with the WRP and applicable state and federal laws, regulations and published guidelines, as referenced in subdivision b of section 4-03 of this chapter.

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C., CZMA) was enacted by Congress on October 27, 1972 to encourage coastal states to develop comprehensive programs to manage and balance competing uses of and impacts to coastal resources. New York State developed and received approval of its statewide Coastal Management Program (CMP) in 1982. Article 42 of the Executive Law, entitled Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways is the main statute that implements the State CMP by establishing the:

  • Boundaries of the Coastal Area within which the CMP applies;
  • Statewide policies that would be enforceable on all State agencies which address significant coastal issues and manage resources along the State's coastline;
  • Authorization for localities to prepare and adopt local waterfront revitalization programs which in turn, would provide more detailed implementation of the State's Program. 

New York City adopted a local waterfront revitalization program (WRP), to more specifically define the New York City Coastal Zone Boundary and local coastal area management policies pursuant to which applicable local, state and federal projects or actions within the Coastal Zone must be reviewed for consistency.  Section 192(e) of the City Charter (Charter) provides that the City Planning Commission (the Commission) "shall oversee implementation of laws that require environmental reviews of actions taken by the city" and that the Commission "shall establish by rule procedures for environmental reviews of proposed actions by the city where such reviews are required by law." Section 191(b)(2) of the City Charter provides that the director of the Department of City Planning (the Department) shall “provide staff assistance to the City Planning Commission in all matters under its jurisdiction.”  The WRP designates the City Planning Commission as the City Coastal Commission (CCC), which is, with the Department, responsible for administering the WRP for New York City.   

 

The Department, on behalf of the Commission, is proposing to amend Chapter 4 (City Coastal Commission Procedures) of Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York (Rules) pursuant to its authority under Sections 191(e) and 191(b)(2) of the New York City Charter. The purposes of the amendments may generally be described as follows:

 

(1)          make the rule consistent with State procedures in terms of the local discretionary actions to which it applies;

 

(2)          streamline the threshold for when the Department will refer state and federal actions to the CCC for review, which threshold shall also be applied to local actions that do not otherwise come before the Commission;

 

(3)          reestablish and clarify the role of the Department and CCC in local actions subject to City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) but not subject to Commission approval;

 

(4)          and remove from the existing rule outdated references and other provisions regarding internal or inter-agency procedures.

 

Specifically, the amendments will ensure that the Department or the CCC reviews all local discretionary actions located within the Coastal Zone as provided in the WRP, for their consistency with the WRP.  In addition, because under the current rule there are some local discretionary actions which require Commission approval but which are not subject to CEQR, the rule clarifies that the local discretionary actions subject to WRP review only include those classified as Type I or Unlisted under the  State Environmental  Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and, thus, subject to CEQR, consistent with the intent of the WRP as well as State practice in terms of how it undertakes WRP consistency reviews of its actions subject to SEQRA.  Also, as provided in the WRP and as reflected in the existing rule, the Department or the CCC will continue to provide an advisory analysis of state and federal actions which are subject to state or federal consistency review using the coastal policies in the WRP by the relevant state agency or the New York State Department of State (DOS) or the relevant federal agency, and will convey any related comments and findings to the state agency or DOS for the purpose of consultation, in accordance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations. 

 

Also, there are currently four thresholds in the existing rule for federal and state actions which, if met, require review by the Commission, as CCC, and the Department reviews all others.  These thresholds are to be streamlined into a single threshold for federal and state actions, as well as for local actions that do not otherwise come before the Commission for approval. Actions that the Department believes present a substantial hindrance to one or more policies of the WRP must be referred to the Commission, as CCC. When a substantial hindrance has been identified, local actions may not be approved unless or until the CCC finds, or concurs with the CEQR lead agency’s finding, that the following four requirements, as set forth in the approved WRP, are met:

 

(1) no reasonable alternatives exist that would permit the action to be taken in a manner which would not substantially hinder the achievement of such policy;

(2) the action taken will minimize all adverse effects on such policies to the maximum extent practicable;

(3) the action will advance one or more of the other coastal policies; and

(4) the action will result in an overriding local or regional public benefit.

 

Such finding shall constitute a determination that the action is consistent with the WRP.  With respect to state and federal actions, the Department will transmit the findings of the CCC to the relevant state agency for state consistency and DOS for federal consistency for the purpose of consultation.

 

The rule also adds references to state and federal regulations to ensure that the inter-agency coordination of WRP consistency review, including the resolution of conflicts, occurs in accordance with those regulations and any applicable guidance, such as the guidelines for notification and review of federal agency and New York State agency actions appended to the approved WRP. Finally, any provisions regarding intra-agency coordination between the Department and the CCC and other “in-house” standards are to be removed from the rule, and references to the no longer extant Board of Estimate are to be removed.

 

Effective Date: 
Thu, 09/29/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C., CZMA) was enacted by Congress on October 27, 1972 to encourage coastal states to develop comprehensive programs to manage and balance competing uses of and impacts to coastal resources. New York State developed and received approval of its statewide Coastal Management Program (CMP) in 1982. Article 42 of the Executive Law, entitled Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways is the main statute that implements the State CMP by establishing the: 

  • Boundaries of the Coastal Area within which the CMP applies;
  • Statewide policies that would be enforceable on all State agencies which address significant coastal issues and manage resources along the State's coastline;
  • Authorization for localities to prepare and adopt local waterfront revitalization programs which in turn, would provide more detailed implementation of the State's Program. 

New York City adopted a local waterfront revitalization program (WRP), to more specifically define the New York City Coastal Zone Boundary and local coastal area management policies pursuant to which applicable local, state and federal projects or actions within the Coastal Zone must be reviewed for consistency.  Section 192(e) of the City Charter (Charter) provides that the City Planning Commission (the Commission) "shall oversee implementation of laws that require environmental reviews of actions taken by the city" and that the Commission "shall establish by rule procedures for environmental reviews of proposed actions by the city where such reviews are required by law." Section 191(b)(2) of the City Charter provides that the director of the Department of City Planning (the Department) shall “provide staff assistance to the City Planning Commission in all matters under its jurisdiction.”  The WRP designates the City Planning Commission as the City Coastal Commission (CCC), which is, with the Department, responsible for administering the WRP for New York City.    

The Department, on behalf of the Commission, is proposing to amend Chapter 4 (City Coastal Commission Procedures) of Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York (Rules) pursuant to its authority under Sections 191(e) and 191(b)(2) of the New York City Charter. The purposes of the proposed amendments may generally be described as follows:

(1)          make the rule consistent with State procedures in terms of the local discretionary actions to which it applies;

(2)          streamline the threshold for when the Department will refer state and federal actions to the CCC for review, which threshold shall also be applied to local actions that do not otherwise come before the Commission;

(3)          reestablish and clarify the role of the Department and CCC in local actions subject to City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) but not subject to Commission approval;

(4)          and remove from the existing rule outdated references and other provisions regarding internal or inter-agency procedures.

Specifically, the proposed amendments will ensure that the Department or the CCC reviews all local discretionary actions located within the Coastal Zone as provided in the WRP, for their consistency with the WRP.  .  In addition, because under the current rule there are some local discretionary actions which require Commission approval but which are not subject to CEQR, the proposed rule clarifies that the local discretionary actions subject to WRP review only include those classified as Type I or Unlisted under the  State Environmental  Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and, thus, subject to CEQR, consistent with the intent of the WRP as well as State practice in terms of how it undertakes WRP consistency reviews of its actions subject to SEQRA.  Also, as provided in the WRP and as reflected in the existing rule, the Department or the CCC will continue to provide an advisory analysis of state and federal actions which are subject to state or federal consistency review using the coastal policies in the WRP by the relevant state agency or the New York State Department of State (DOS) or the relevant federal agency, and will convey any related comments and findings to the state agency or DOS for the purpose of consultation, in accordance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations.  

Also, there are currently four thresholds in the existing rule for federal and state actions which, if met, require review by the Commission, as CCC, and the Department reviews all others.  These thresholds are proposed to be streamlined into a single threshold for federal and state actions, as well as for local actions that do not otherwise come before the Commission for approval. Actions that the Department believes present a substantial hindrance to one or more policies of the WRP must be referred to the Commission, as CCC. When a substantial hindrance has been identified, local actions may not be approved unless or until the CCC finds, or concurs with the CEQR lead agency’s finding, that the following four requirements, as set forth in the approved WRP, are met:

 (1) no reasonable alternatives exist that would permit the action to be taken in a manner which would not substantially hinder the achievement of such policy;

(2) the action taken will minimize all adverse effects on such policies to the maximum extent practicable;

(3) the action will advance one or more of the other coastal policies; and

(4) the action will result in an overriding local or regional public benefit.

Such finding shall constitute a determination that the action is consistent with the WRP.  With respect to state and federal actions, the Department will transmit the findings of the CCC to the relevant state agency for state consistency and DOS for federal consistency for the purpose of consultation.

The proposed rule also adds references to state and federal regulations to ensure that the inter-agency coordination of WRP consistency review, including the resolution of conflicts, occurs in accordance with those regulations and any applicable guidance, such as the guidelines for notification and review of federal agency and New York State agency actions appended to the approved WRP. Finally, any provisions regarding intra-agency coordination between the Department and the CCC and other “in-house” standards are proposed to be removed from the rule, and references to the no longer extant Board of Estimate are proposed to be removed.

Subject: 

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Location: 
Spector Hall
22 Reade St
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

Calvin Rodman, Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, New York 10271, 212-720-3496

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