July 22, 2010
The land use issue won't go away, even if the Charter Commission won't get to it this year
Atlantic Yards Report
After spending the day today at Land Use and Local Voices, a conference co-sponsored by the Municipal Art Society and Manhattan Community Board 1, I can safely say that both experts and engaged citizens know there's something wrong with the current process.
There's a significant need to give local voices more credence (though not a veto), while recognizing that land use has borough-wide and city-wide implications.
And while the Charter Revision Commission doesn't have time this year to address land use, if it's reappointed, it should--though some at the conference were doubtful the commission would go beyond the promised issue of term limits.
(I'll have a report on the conference, in which Atlantic Yards was again invoked as an example of a Community Benefits Agreement gone wrong, at a later date.)
Posted by eric at July 22, 2010 10:44 AM