CHCA Meeting Minutes: April 2013

APRIL 16, 2013

SPECIAL LANDMARKING AND REZONING MEETING

President Even Hill opens meeting with introduction of board members

Summary and wrap up of Town Hall meeting in March

LANDMARKS

New York Landmarks Conservancy (NYLC) – Blair

Historic Districts Council – Frampton

Crown Heights North Association – Debora

Introduction to NY Landmarks Conservancy

Introduction to Historic Districts Council

CHCA presentation on historically significant buildings in the neighborhood and an overview of the CHCA landmarking process to date.

- First landmarking informational meeting held in 2008.

- Landmarking discussions continued at monthly CHCA meetings.

- Second informational meeting held in 2009.

- In 2012 formal landmarking proposal made

Presentation on buildings of note in the community.

Questions from the community:

Would landmarking encourage people to sell their properties, allowing the new owners to change the building?

- Once a building is landmarked, it’s landmarked in perpetuity. Even if the building is sold, it remains landmarks.

Does landmarking increase the costs of making changes to buildings?

- It can, depending on the changes you’re making. But there are groups that provide incentives, grants, and loans for renovations on landmarked buildings.

What’s the process for doing exterior changes on a landmarked buildings?

- Process of exterior changes – submit a one-page request for a permit. Most permits are submitted within a week’s time.

Could the cost of landmarking be passed down to renters?

- There are tax incentives for landmarking programs (J-51), which can prevent the any costs from trickling down to renters.

Does landmarking prevent buildings from being taken by the city as eminent domain?

- Landmarking makes it much more difficult for buildings to be taken by eminent domain.

Does landmarking only concern the front of the building?

- Landmarks regulates the full exterior: front, back, side, roof. The rear of the building is regulated much more loosely.

What if you have already made modern changes to a building, would you have to change them back once it was landmarked?

- When a building is landmarked, everything already done to the building is grandfathered in.

REZONING

Zoning is a set of regulations governing the size and shape of new construction as well as the use of a property.

Goals of the rezoning study:

- Maintain the existing scale and character of the neighborhood

- Create incentives for development of affordable housing

- March commercial zoning to retail character

Rezoning Proposal:

- Establishes height limits for the entire rezoning area that would facilitate context sensitive development.

- Identifies areas that can accommodate modest growth for application of Inclusionary Housing Program.

- Updates existing commercial zoning to match underlying land use and lot configuration.

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