Dept of City Planning proposed zoning text amendment regarding Privately Owned Public Space Signage and Amenities, which would require public space signage and permit movable tables and chairs in plazas and arcades where they are currently prohibited.
At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2019, the following resolution passed with a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining and 1 present but not entitled to vote:
WHEREAS, The Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing a Zoning Text Amendment regarding signage and amenities in Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS); and
WHEREAS, The proposed zoning text amendment would facilitate the updating of the existing public space symbol, require public space signage for various types of POPS, and permit publicly accessible, moveable tables and chairs to be placed in plazas and arcades where they are currently prohibited; and
WHEREAS, The proposed zoning text amendment would modify the following sections of the Zoning Resolution:
WHEREAS, The proposed zoning text amendment is in response to Local Law 116, passed by the NYC City Council and signed into law in 2017, that requires that DCP compile and furnish up-to-date data on POPS, and requires public space signage at all POPS as defined in the Local Law; and
WHEREAS, The Department of City Planning organized an international design competition to create a new logo for the POPS; and
WHEREAS, The Department of City Planning is proposing to permit an unlimited and unregulated number of publicly accessible moveable tables and chairs to be placed in plazas and arcades constructed between 1961 and 1975, when obstructions such as trees and furniture were prohibited; and
WHEREAS, Although the overall purpose of the zoning text amendment is positive and would enhance the experience of POPS users, numerous issues remain unresolved while new issues arise from the proposal:
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has the largest number of POPS, with a total of 102 Privately Owned Publicly Accessible Spaces, rendering the proposed zoning text amendment extremely impactful on our district; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the proposed Zoning Text Amendment unless changes are made to incorporate our concerns stated above.