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SoHo Zoning Guidebook

When zoning outcomes are unpredictable and require governmental action, interested community members must expend significant amounts of time and energy to track how their neighborhood is changing. This effort can include searching publicly-maintained land use databases, reviewing lengthy and complex applications, organizing neighbors, and attending a myriad of public hearings related to variance and special permit applications. Property owners must also spend significant amounts of money hiring numerous professionals to complete this process, in addition to the time it takes to prepare applications, attend hearings, and complete the approval process. All of this leads to a frustrated community forced to participate in a process to legalize caseby-case uses that have been occurring and thriving on Broadway for decades. As in all land use decisions in New York City, political impact can be a factor and support from elected officials is not only desirable but, in most cases, is essential. The public review process requires the input of many political players, including the local Council Member, Borough President, and Community Board. An elected official’s political agenda can add time and complication to the process, allowing one actor or special constituency to make land use decisions.

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SoHo Zoning Guidebook -- September 2018  

The SoHo Zoning Guidebook is an educational resource produced in collaboration with a dedicated committee of neighborhood stakeholders, urba...

SoHo Zoning Guidebook -- September 2018  

The SoHo Zoning Guidebook is an educational resource produced in collaboration with a dedicated committee of neighborhood stakeholders, urba...

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