• December 24, 2014
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OPINION Give residents more say in land use and planning

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1 comment:

  • dreamking posted at 6:31 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

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    Local input on zoning rules should only work if there is a collective pool of X increments of zoning increases, and have them be tradeable across neighborhoods in some way similar to carbon exchange markets. Every CB by default is upzoned by 3-4 levels, and then have to trade away their upzone obligations for other amenity credits. The thought's not fully fleshed out, but there's something in there to allow for local influence and accountability.

    However we do it though, we need to upzone across our city to allow for another 500,000 housing units (and hope we can get to net new 300,000 apartments). Create new CBDs, or enhance existing ones. Specific to southeastern Queens, we should open up the old Atlantic Avenue factory corridor for denser mixed-use residential/local commercial usage. Rebuild the Rockaway Beach line for an R express. Use what ROW' we have.