Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Carroll Gardens Narrow Street/Wide Street Zoning Text Amendment

from our: CG CORD Newsletter

Carroll Gardens Narrow Street/Wide Street Zoning Text Amendment

Barbara Brookhart , Executive Committee Member of the CGNA reminds us all:

"Just a reminder to come and show your support for the neighborhood at the CB6s Landmark/Land Use meeting this Thursday, April 24 at 6:00pm, at 250 Baltic Street (btw Court/Clinton Street) in the auditorium.

We need everyone to come to support approval of a proposed Zoning Resolution Text Amendment (#N080345ZRK), known as the Carroll Gardens Places Text Amendment, submitted by the Department of City Planning that would define 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and 4th Place between Henry Street and Smith Street; and 2nd Street, Carroll Street and President Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street, in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn Community Board 6 as 'Narrow Streets' for zoning calculation purposes.

"Please look at my blog:

"I have posted the history of the courtyard, including the old Brooklyn Law, the current Administrative law that protects the courtyards, and I would also like your thoughts on if there should be further legislation to clarify what elements, including tents, porticos, retaining walls, etc., that can be constructed in the courtyards.

"Sidewalk cafes are regulated by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Why shouldn’t courtyards with a commercial overlay, on the Place block corners on Court Street and the corners of President, Carroll and Second Streets, which are conducting commercial activity in their courtyards, also be regulated by DCA? After all, the courtyards are owned by the City and considered part of the street."

Also, see the NYC Dept. of City Planning: "Carroll Gardens Narrow Street/Wide Street Zoning Text Amendment"

See "Wide" Carroll Gardens Streets to Get Narrow"



With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........