Advocacy Alert: State Bill to Protect NYC Zoning

We need your help today to stop a veritable land grab. This afternoon, MAS delivered a memorandum of support to Governor Cuomo in response to proposed legislation that would prevent unfettered development on property owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

By our count, the MTA owns at least 656 sites encompassing more than 41 million square feet of land across all five boroughs. 221 of those parcels are zoned for residential use. Without this bill, the MTA would have no requirement to adhere to the New York City zoning resolution. Quite literally, the sky is the limit for development of these sites.

This legislation will block the MTA from embarking upon virtually unrestricted development in your neighborhood. The Governor has until Monday, November 28 at midnight to sign this bill into law. Here’s What You Can Do: Call Governor Cuomo: Urge him to sign Senate Bill 8037 and Assembly Bill 10421. Call him at 1-518-474-8390. Spread the Word: Use social media, email, and good old conversation to tell your neighbors, friends, family, and colleagues that this is happening. It’s not too late to have our voices heard.

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
Bill: S8037 (Martins) / A10421 (Brennan)
Subject: Repeals the definition of “transportation purpose” for the purposes of the metropolitan transportation authority.
Date: November 21, 2016

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has been actively advocating for sound urban planning practices on behalf of New Yorkers since 1893. In this capacity, we strongly urge Governor Cuomo to sign Senate Bill 8037 and Assembly Bill 10421, repealing the current language that would allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to develop land under its control for any purpose without adherence to local zoning regulations.

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  MTA Property Case Study A OWNER NAME: New York City Transit Address: 1190 2 Avenue, MH Current Zoning: R8B & C2-8 (C2-5 overlay) Maximum Allowable FAR: 10 Maximum Build-Out Area: 121,200 SF Current Built FAR: 0.15 BBL: 1014370049 Case Study B1 Case Study A - Hypothetical Build-out Hypothetical Build-out Overriding Local Zoning Case Study A- Current Currently Built FAR 0.15 Case Study A - Maximum FAR Maximum Allowable FAR Under Current Zoning 10
  MTA Property Case Study B Owner Name: New York City Transit Address: 40 Quay Street, BK Current Zoning: C2-4/R6 Maximum Allowable FAR: 4.8 Maximum Build-Out Area: 398,485 SF Built FAR: 0.9 BBL: 3025900001 Case Study A1 Case Study B - Hypothetical Build-out Hypothetical Build-out Overriding Local Zoning Case Study B - Current Currently Build FAR 0.9 Case Study B- Maximum FAR Maximum Allowable FAR Under Current Zoning 4.8 Please Note: Current property information from Department of City Planning MapPluto 16v1 2016