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November 6, 2019

Stroock Special Bulletin

By: Ross F. Moskowitz, John B. Egnatios-Beene, Ashley E. Doukas, Eva C. Schneider

On November 5, 2019, New York City voted yes on five ballot measures that amend the New York City Charter concerning ranked-choice voting, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, ethics and government, the City Budget and land use.

In this Stroock Special Bulletin, we outline the land use amendments to the New York City Charter.

(This article is the fourth in a series. The first appeared in January, providing an overview of the proposals the 2019 Charter Revision Commission (the “2019 Commission”) had received. The second appeared in April, providing an overview of the various staff recommendations. The third appeared in June, providing an overview of the proposed ballot measures.)

Two amendments to the New York City Charter were approved that affect land use:

ULURP Pre-Certification Notice Period:  For land use projects subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (“ULURP”), the Department of City Planning (“DCP”) is required to prepare a Pre-Certification Notice, which must provide a detailed project summary (including the project location and the purpose and description of the proposed actions).  The application must be “substantially consistent” with this Pre-Certification Notice.  Importantly, the Pre-Certification Notice must be transmitted to the affected Borough President, Borough Board and Community Board at least 30 days prior to certification of the application, and must also be published on DCP’s website within five days of transmission.  This amendment takes effect on August 31, 2020. 

Additional ULURP Review Time for Community Boards:  Community Boards will receive additional time during the summer months to review certified ULURP applications:  Community Boards will have 90 days to review ULURP applications certified in June, and Community Boards will have 75 days to review ULURP applications certified between July 1 and July 15.  This amendment takes effect immediately, as of  November 5, 2019.

The City Planning Commision (“CPC”) must now provide rules detailing the minimum standards for the content and form of the Pre-Certification Notices.

The Stroock Land Use and Zoning team will continue to monitor these amendments and provide updates once CPC releases the Pre-Certification Notice standards. In the interim, please let us know if you have any questions.

Click here to read the Commission’s final report on all of the ballot measures.


For More Information:

Ross F. Moskowitz

John B. Egnatios-Beene

Ashley E. Doukas

Eva C. Schneider

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice, and you should not consider it as such.

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