Implementation of Controversial New Development Rule Delayed
Last Friday New Yorkers packed a Department of Buildings (DOB) hearing on a proposed change to rules governing how developments alleged to violate zoning rules can be challenged by the public. Nearly every speaker expressed at least some very serious concerns about the new rules, which would limit to 30 days the period during which such challenges could be considered. GVSHP questioned several aspects of the proposed rule changes and urged that several substantial changes be made. For more details on the hearing, read coverage in The Villager newspaper.
The rules were originally supposed to go into effect the Monday after the hearing — just one business day later. Following complaints by GVSHP and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Tony Avella (among many others), DOB has pushed back the implementation date by 30 days, thus allowing the public a greater opportunity to comment.
How To Help:
Write to DOB urging the proposed rules be changed to help ensure that legitimate challenges by the public of illegal developments can be heard.