My name is Rita Miller. I am a
I am unable to attend this evening’s hearing regarding Carroll Gardens Place Text Amendment Number N080345ZRK and therefore request that this testimony be read and placed into the public record.
There has been a great deal of discussion that has taken place at many different community group meetings, in local papers, and on blogs over the last year or so about the (not really) “wide” streets covered in this amendment. There has been a great deal of discussion, attention and even local television coverage while we toss around words like, contextual down or rezoning, landmarking, height limitations, temporary moratorium, resolution, and the like. Most recently, there have even been words like, secrecy, stealing, loss, mis and dis information. All of these words, these cries, all of this energy, when in reality, what most of us are seeking is, relief.----- Relief from the unprecedented development that seems to be attacking our streets like an infectious disease, a sickness bent on destroying our neighborhood’s character, integrity and heritage in one fell swoop. It assaults our senses and it incites community response.
Is development good for
So where would we find relief?
We do not share the privilege of height limitation enjoyed by our sister, Cobble Hill and our cousin,
Contextual rezoning, like our neighboring Park Slope, has been and continues to be sought. But, we are told that our time has not as yet come. In fact, there is no timeframe set at all, though time is of the essence.
Landmarking seems like a viable option, but beside the fact that pursuing historic preservation is an enterprise requiring a great deal of time and resources from an apparently ill equipped city agency, it would not afford the particular Carroll Gardens streets affected by this zoning amendment, any additional height or bulk restrictions than what exists today.
Temporary moratorium? Too controversial, and requiring a ULURP procedure just as contextual rezoning--- (Although, I feel I must add here that in light of the recent tragic construction accidents, evidence of a great deal of irresponsibility and unaccountability on the part of some agencies and construction endeavors plus the “ticking clocks” that are set off when certain changes are enacted, a mandatory “time out” seems more in order now than ever before.)
Even the symbolic gesture of the City Council Resolution Number 1214, to limit height throughout
And then, City Planning came up with this wonderfully creative solution. The Carroll Gardens Place Text Amendment allows us to at least, and at last, put these few specified blocks on an even playing field with the rest of the neighborhood. Is it perfect? No. Does it have drawbacks? Yes. All zoning regulations exact something, but, in lieu of doing nothing, it offers so much more than it demands in return.
I am very grateful to City Planning for introducing this zoning text amendment. I also wish to express my appreciation to Borough President Markowitz and his Staff, for the support they have demonstrated.
This amendment is a much needed and very welcome clarification of the fairly recently misused term, “wide street”, and will no longer allow abuse of that term on those specified blocks in Carroll Gardens. It will preserve and protect some of what many, including myself, feel are some of the most visually appealing streets and loveliest deep front gardens, in all of New York City, as well as pay appropriate homage to the designer of this 19th century planned community, Mr. Richard Butts.
The first step--a cry for help from the community. The second was the fact that each of you heard us. This amendment, a brilliant idea, is Step Number Three. We have so much further to go. Let’s keep moving forward. Keep us well. Please recommend Amendment Number N080345ZRK.