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August 21, 2006

ESDC Radically Breakin' the Rules


Someone other than Atlantic Yards Report has been reading the Atlantic Yards Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

In the Executive Summary of the 2000-plus-page document, buried in the litany of overrides of local zoning regulations, is one for the NY City zoning law that "prohibits arenas within 200 feet of residential districts as some of the operations could be incompatible with districts limited primarily to residential use."

According to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn,

NYCDCP [New York City Department of City Planning] understands the severe inappropriateness of an arena in a residential district, while the ESDC is willfully ignoring the wisdom behind that understanding and overriding the zoning regulation.

There are several local zoning regulations that would prohibit the Atlantic Yards project from going forward as currently proposed. This would be a good reason, from Bruce Ratner's perspective, to "venue shop," and have the project taken over by New York State, which has a less-stringent review procedure and approval process, and can override local zoning laws if it chooses.


Posted by lumi at August 21, 2006 4:26 PM