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CHPC New York

Public Testimony

CHPC Testifies at City Council Hearing on Sandy Recovery

CHPC Policy Analyst Neil Reilly testified Monday, March 31, at a New York City Council oversight hearing on the City’s Build it Back program. He presented research that CHPC has undertaken regarding the ongoing effects of Sandy on housing citywide–namely the increased rates of foreclosure filings and sales of homes at prices well below the median of their borough. He also listed a series of policy reforms that CHPC believes will help return residents to their homes and rebuild affected neighborhoods.

Council Member Mark Treyger, who represents parts of southern Brooklyn hit hard by the storm, including Coney Island, convened … Read more…

CHPC Testifies in Favor of Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment

On Monday, September 30th, CHPC testified in favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment before the City Council Land Use Committee’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. You can read our full testimony here:

CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so … Read more…

CHPC Testifies In Favor of HPD adAPT Application

Jerilyn Perine testifies on adAPT before the City Council

CHPC  Testifies In Favor of HPD’s Winning AdAPT RFP

On Wednesday, October 2nd, we testified in favor of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s application for the adAPT RFP at the hearing of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises of the City Council’s Land Use Committee. You can read our full testimony here:

 

The Citizens Housing & Planning Council supports the application of HPD’s winning AdAPT RFP submission.

Our work on this issue resulted not from a preconceived idea to advance the creation of small apartments, but rather resulted from a simple question: As our population grows how … Read more…

Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment Testimony

This morning, we testified at the City Planning Commission hearing in favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment. You can read our full testimony here:

CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so as to both streamline repair and rebuild … Read more…

CHPC testifies in favor of adAPT

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On Wednesday July 24, CHPC testified in favor of the Mayor’s adAPT micro-unit pilot project at the City Planning Commission hearing.

As well as listening to our full testimony, which you can read below, the Commission asked CHPC to send them some basic data on the breakdown of current single person households in Manhattan (currently 46% of all Manhattan households) which we were happy to do!

Using the latest American Community Survey, we analysed the age, income, and occupancy length of individuals currently living alone. If we look at the households themselves (rather than median values), their diversity is revealed:… Read more…

Manhattan Core Parking Testimony

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This morning, we testified in the Council Chambers favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed text changes on Manhattan Core parking policies. You can read our full testimony here:

The Zoning Committee of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) has reviewed the proposed text submitted by the Department of City Planning to revise the zoning regulations governing off-street parking in the Manhattan Core.

We fully support these revisions and applaud the vision of the Department of City Planning to re-examine regulations that were initiated 30 years ago, study how they are working in practice today, eradicate references to … Read more…

CHPC Testifies at Public Hearing on Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Area

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This week, CHPC has been keeping busy. In the midst of all the news about Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement of the adAPT pilot program competition, we testified at a public hearing before the City Planning Commission regarding the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project. William R. Ginsberg Graduate Fellow Jinny Khanduja delivered testimony in favor of the project, with recommendations from our Zoning Committee for increasing the density of residential development on the proposed sites.

Read the testimony below.

 

Testimony
of Citizens Housing & Planning Council
on the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project
July 11, 2012

CHPC enthusiastically supports the … Read more…

Policy Brief on Proposed City Council Green Building Legislation

At the end of 2010, the City Council put forward a number of legislative items that were related to green building construction. CHPC put together a summary of these numerous bills to inform our green building committee:

  • The Building Code will be amended so that rooftop structures, including greenhouses, will not be included in the height of the building, or considered an additional story, unless the aggregate area of the structure exceeds a third of the area of the roof (INT-0338);
  • Solar thermal and solar electric (photovoltaic) collectors and/or panels and their supporting equipment will now be considered rooftop structures
  • Read more…

Car Share Zoning Text Amendment

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The Department of City Planning recently proposed a zoning text amendment to define car sharing in the Zoning Resolution and establish clear rules to allow car sharing vehicles to park in public parking facilities, as well as in parking facilities accessory to residential, commercial, and other uses.

CHPC’s Zoning Committee met with DCP to discuss this initiative jointly with AIANY at the Center for Architecture. The Zoning Committee sent a letter of full support for this amendment to the City Planning Commission.

CHPC Letter of Support

Dear Chair Burden:
The Zoning Committee of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) … Read more…

City Charter Land Use Panel Testimony

We testified at the City Charter Revision Commission forum on land use last Thursday (24th June 2010) and thankfully ‘long-term planning’ was a prominent theme (you can watch the full four hours here). The debate around how long term planning could be better integrated in the structure and processes of government was brought to the fore by a question by Commissioner Hope Cohen of the RPA, which led to one of the most lengthy discussions of the night. There seemed to be a lot of support for exploring how an overall sustainability framework and long-term plan for the city … Read more…