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Brewer, Chin: Add Deed Restrictions to Unified Land Use Review Procedure

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Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Councilmember Margaret S. Chin called on the City Planning Commission to make deed restriction changes subject to the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

In a letter to the City Planning Commission, Brewer and Chin cited a provision of the New York City Charter allowing it to recommend new categories of land use changes for addition to the ULURP process, subject to confirmation by City Council legislation.

“The city already has a process for considering land use questions — it’s called ULURP, and it works,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “We lost Rivington House because the deed restriction change was managed by the wrong agencies in a bad process. The best way to fix this is to handle these land use changes the same tried-and-true way we’ve handled other meaningful land use changes for years, with transparency and public input.”

“Rather than sticking with a broken system that took Rivington House from the community, or creating another system from scratch, it makes sense to utilize a proven process that for decades has guided thousands of land use changes,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “By making deed restriction changes subject to ULURP, we will introduce transparency and public input to an inconsistent process that has failed to protect and preserve significant community assets, such as Rivington House.” Read more…