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Land Use, Housing & Zoning

Citywide text amendment proposed by the Department of City Planning for residential streetscape preservation

WHEREAS, The goals of the text amendment is to introduce new curb cut rules to preserve streetscape character and on-street parking spaces and to add streetscape character and pedestrian movement findings for curb cut authorization in Manhattan Community Districts 1 - 8; and

WHEREAS, The zoning text amendment only affects Union Square/Irving Plaza, East 36th-39th between Park and Madison, and designated Midtown streets; and

WHEREAS, The new zoning text amendment will prohibit curb cuts for buildings less than 40 feet wide in certain zoning districts; and

WHEREAS, The text amendment will require that zoning lots must maintain 34 feet of uninterrupted curb space; and

WHEREAS, Too many curb cuts results in unattractive streetscapes, loss of on-street parking, and potential conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 urges the passage of a new zoning text amendment to regulate new curb cuts.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 33 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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