Wednesday, July 23, 2008

DEMOCRACY AT WORK! Carroll Gardens gets a zoning text amendment!

Breaking News: It is with great pleasure that we report the NY City Council this afternoon unanimously passed the Zoning Text Amendment for Carroll Gardens!

This is a moment for all Carroll Gardens residents, their friends, and neighbors to celebrate!
We CG residents have worked long and hard for fourteen months to arrive at this point.
This is a great step in our neighborhood's commitment to maintain its integrity and its unique character.

CORD would like to thank each and every one of our members and supporters who worked so hard, who spoke out publicly, who signed letters of support, who attended meetings and public hearings, and who kept our cause alive both on the streets of CG, and elsewhere.

Once again we must personally thank:
Amanda Burden, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning; the NYC Planning Commission; and Purnima Kapur, City Planning Brooklyn Director, and the dedicated Brooklyn City Planning staff. This zoning text amendment is a wonderful first step in preserving and protecting our home, this great neighborhood, Carroll Gardens.

We must also thank many of our electeds: Congresswoman Clarke and her staff; State Senator Connor and his staff; Assemblywoman Millman and her staff; Borough President Marty Markowitz and his staff; Richard Bearak, Deputy Director of Planning and Development, Borough President MArkowitz's Office; New York City Councilman Tony Avella, Chair of the Zoning and Franchises Committee; New York City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Chair of the Land Use Committee;

and of course, our very own Councilman in our 39th district, New York City Councilman Bill DeBlasio and his staff, with special thanks to his tireless assistant, Tom Gray.

Many people have been asking us: What is the next step?

The zoning text amendment goes into effect immediately. We understand that what happens next is in the hands of the NYC Department of Buildings (link here).
It is now the D.O.B.'s responsibility to enforce the new zoning regulations.



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........