If You’re Still Confused About SoHo/NoHo Rezoning, Tomorrow’s CB2 Meeting is for You

Posted on: April 9th, 2019 at 5:08 am by

If you’re still confused or frustrated by the city’s SoHo/NoHo Community Planning Process, Community Board 2 is providing residents a chance to pose questions and voice their opinions on the potential rezoning of the historic districts.

The advisory body’s Land-Use committee is tasked with the complex and overlapping issues of zoning and special permits in hopes of submitting a resolution based on community input alongside any report that the city provides as a result of its ongoing public engagements.

The sponsors of “Envision SoHo/NoHo” – Department of City Planning, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmember Margaret Chin and/or representatives from their offices – have been invited to give a presentation in regards to the Community Planning Process to date, how the advisory committees work, and how a report will be created.

For those who have yet to attend any of the these public planning workshops, it’s not too late. This CB2 meeting will act as a useful introduction to the process, as the highly-experienced land-use committee regularly oversees special permitting in SoHo and NoHo.

The Community Board 2 meeting is tomorrow (April 10) at 6:30pm, 143 Baxter St., Auditorium.

While the city’s planning process for the future of SoHo and NoHo doesn’t specifically call for changes to zoning, the sponsors continue to reiterate that current manufacturing zoning regulations do not reflect the neighborhood’s mixed-use identity, and maintain that the special permit process that Community Board regulates as a “patchwork.” Many others feel it is time for the nearly 50-year-old zoning rules to adapt so that residents in historic manufacturing district will be fully legalized.

The next “Envision SoHo/ NoHo” public planning session is the day after, this Thursday (April 11), location TBD.

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