Rule status: Adopted
Effective date: August 19, 2023
Proposed Rule Full Text
Adopted Rule Full Text
Adopted rule summary:
The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is adopting amendments to its rules to streamline application and review procedures for certain work, including work related to signage, storefronts, heating, venting and air-conditioning equipment and solar panels, and set forth procedures for submitting rulemaking petitions to LPC.
Comments are now closed.
Online comments: 4
Please don’t make it more difficult to plant trees in landmark districts and commercial and industrial areas. More tree cover reduces temperatures and increases biodiversity. Additional regulations and LPC review of tree pits and sidewalk modifications adds a significant obstacle to adding trees to neighborhoods, making the city a worse place to live. Trees trump sidewalks every time, no matter how historically significant that sidewalk might be.
Sherida E Paulsen, FAIA
I am writing to support the proposed Amendments to the LPC Rules.
I am pleased to see the Commission’s continuing efforts to streamline the application process with respect to common submissions for approval with respect to storefronts, signage, HVAC equipment and rooftop installations of solar panels. The proposed language is clear and addresses situations that frequently occur, but are not addressed in the current Rules.
I would like to suggest that rooftop installations should use similar language to rooftop additions to clarify the intent for assessing minimal visibility.
I also believe that the extensive section on tree pits is a necessary addition to the Rules. Contrary to comments that I have seen from other preservationists, the presence of street trees or trees in planters in manufacturing and industrial districts has occurred naturally (and extensively) over the past 30 years. The proposed Rules might be clarified by naming districts that now support street trees such as SoHo, to eliminate any confusion. Street trees are a welcome and necessary addition to our urban neighborhoods and assist in water run-off and sidewalk ambiance. They are an important component of environmental stewardship and neighborhood livability throughout the five boroughs!
I also applaud the Commission’s proposal to encourage public suggestions for new or modified Rules, and believe that this will encourage individual districts or neighborhoods to discuss community character in a public venue, increasing transparency.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment!
Sherida E Paulsen
1555 Seabury Place Association
Thank you for the opportunity for the community to speak on behalf of our comm7nityl we are having not only issues with the stumps, there should also be consideration towards the type of tree being planted in the xomm7nity that may have links directly with respiratory issues such as Asthma among the community district is very high. There also are proposing the redirection of dump trucks through the hunts point area which is residential.