The Land Use, Zoning and Housing Committee

Committee members monitor issues affecting land usage planning, local variances, and zoning. Additionally, this committee heads the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP).  The Land Use & Zoning Committee has merged with Housing.

Meet Jean Hill

 

Committee Chair

Committee Members

Sandra Erickson
Ellen Ray
Charlesetta Rhett
John Snider
Marcos Sierra
Barbara Stronczer

Committee Meetings
Meets Monthly:
Every Third Wednesday
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

 

Housing Committee Meeting: Wednesday, 10.10.2017:  Public Hearing – ULURP #C180051ZMX (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) on Jerome Avenue Re-Zoning and PowerPoint Presentations, facilitated by Sean Brede, NYC Planning Department.

Dr. Bola, Bronx CB5 Chair presented the goals and priorities of CB4 and CB5 regarding  the Jerome Avenue Rezoning Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (Click On Bookcase Above- For More Info About The Study)  The Stagg Group presented architectural plans and renderings for a new 153-unit moderate and middle income residential Development located at 150 Van Cortlandt Avenue East. This project was presented to the committee back in the spring of 2017.

11/04/2017
Jerome Avenue Draft Neighborhood Plan

THE PLAN AS ADVOCACY DOCUMENT

The Jerome Avenue Draft Neighborhood Plan represents years of work between the city and community stakeholders and identifies key recommendations that will ensure the area is better prepared to meet local needs and future growth. The Jerome Plan – the first of its kind in the borough – has been three years in the making and remains a living document. The Plan has been an opportunity for residents, local stakeholders, and city agencies to collaborate to develop a plan for the future of the neighborhoods along Jerome Avenue.  As an effective tool, the Plan allows community members to prioritize needs and advocate to ensure the city is making the right investments in their neighborhoods.  The full draft plan is available on the DCP web site (www.nyc.gov/jerome)

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN
The rezoning itself, which is now making its way through ULURP review, is integral to implementation of the plan. The City continues to make improvements to meet the plan goals. Even during the three-year planning process, the City has been making progress towards the Jerome goals:

  • Since 2014, the City has preserved more than 4,500 homes in Community Districts 4 and 5 – the highest level of affordable housing in 25 years! This represents $800 million of private investment to ensure affordability and improve housing quality for thousands of residents along the Jerome corridor. During this time 1 in every 10 units preserved around the city were located in the southwest Bronx!
  • In March 2017, more than $1 million was awarded to WHEDCo and Davidson Community Center to address needs identified in the Commercial District Needs Assessment focused on the Jerome corridor.
  • During the process, the City and our elected officials have continued to invest in local parks and open spaces. Most recently, Grand Avenue Playground was completely reconstructed and opened in June! Improvements to Mount Hope Garden, Aqueduct Walk, Ogden-Plimpton Playground, and Walton Park, among others, are also underway.
  • Last Spring, the Department of Transportation conveyed plans and have committed to implementing safety improvements at the Cross Bronx Expressway at Jerome Avenue. Here, a new traffic signal, high visibility crosswalks, enlarged pedestrian islands, and other elements, will ensure safety and comfort for residents crossing the difficult intersection.

 As part of the rezoning process, the City has already made the following commitments to the Community Boards:

  • Invest $4.6 million in Corporal Fischer Park
  • Invest $4 million to rebuild Morton Playground
  • Improve key corridors starting with the “Under the El” Pilot at Burnside Avenue
  • Promote and deliver workforce/business support services to the small businesses along Jerome Avenue
  • Support community formation of a jobs network
  • Extend preservation work and convene property owner clinic.
  • Engage Community Boards in broad visioning around the city-owned properties that will be subject to RFP

TRACKING COMMITMENTS
To ensure transparency and accountability, the Mayor’s Office of Operations is required by law to maintain a public tracker of the suite of commitmentsmade to the Councilmember as part of a positive ULURP outcome for a neighborhood plan. Because they are required by law, the tracker and reporting requirements transcend Mayoral Administrations and Councilmember terms.  At the end of ULURP, commitments made as part of the process are first recorded in a project narrative and then added to a table to describe the commitment, the responsible agency, the funding, and the timeline. Every year, the City agencies report on progress toward the commitments.

The East New York Neighborhood Plan was approved more than a year ago, and in June 2017, the first annual report was posted to the tracker web page. And on October 30, 2017, DCP updated the City Planning Commission on the East New York Neighborhood Plan progress.



 

Protests Considered Against Norwood Shelter

NORWOOD NEWS: Following acrimony over the city Department of Homeless Services’ proposal to establish a homeless shelter across from an elementary school on Webster Avenue in Norwood, Community Board 7 still appears to be at an impasse in getting the city to reconsider. But Councilman Andy Cohen, who attended the board’s Sept. 12 Land Use/Housing & Zoning Committee meeting, said the city did not give him a “definitive answer” on whether it will relent and scout for a shelter elsewhere.

“They have not made the changes we have asked for,” said Cohen, “and so I think it’s going to require some organization on our part. I think it’s time to prepare for the worst.” For Jean Hill, committee chair, that means protesting. Hill noted that the board will start a petition to organize a demonstration opposing the shelter the city is considering to build at Sam’s Floor Covering at 3041 Webster Ave. “You just have to be proactive about it,” said Hill. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of people.”  The property owner of the carpet business submitted paperwork to the city Buildings Department that would convert the property to a space allowing for sleeping accommodations while adding another floor to the current two-story property. The proposed shelter at the carpet business could accommodate more than 200 people once built. Should it be a men’s only shelter, members worry there could be a lot of homeless wandering about unsupervised.

“It’s not a humane solution for anyone,” said Helene Hartman-Kutnowsky. Hartman-Kutnowsky, a CB7 board member, said her concern was for the group of homeless men that may have mental illnesses or drug problems. “Since there is such a big push to find housing for people, there has to be a way that’s humane for them. Having people sleep in a shelter and then get pushed out and have no place to go for the whole day is really not a solution.” (Norwood News, 2017) 

Bronx CB7 Chair and other fellow Bronx Board Representative advocated for and recommended that a minimum of 120 days notification, community outreach and transparency as the key elements of communication regarding the placement of incoming shelters. Read More

NYC Division of Homeless Services – Outreach Services Team Meeting

Mayors Office for Division of Homeless Services Outreach scheduled a feedback session for identifying effective ways to improve communication between its offices, Community Board and other agencies. Bronx CB7 Chair and other fellow Bronx Board Representative advocated for and recommended that a minimum of 120 days notification, community outreach and transparency as the key elements of communication regarding the placement of incoming shelters.

  • Pushed to co-name a street after Margaret J. Mack
  • Highlighted the growing trend of synthetic marijuana use
  • Taking developers of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center to task
  • Ensured The Stagg Group adhered to developing mixed housing on Webster Avenue
  • Brought CB7 leadership together with key City officials, residents, businesses to address concerns
  • Advocated for major capital improvements to increase energy-efficient apartments to improve area quality of life 
  • Organized Public Awareness Forum addressing dangerous effects of “K2-Synthetic Marijuana”
  • Initiated and developed the leadership for First Adhoc Veterans Services Committee
  • The Veterans Committee was voted in by the Board, as a full standing committee. June 19, 2015
  • Developed Adhoc Website, Acknowledgement and Media Committee
  • Developed First Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit to address personal wellness, learn professional development skills, and discuss current issues impacting themselves, their families and their community.
  • Pushed to co-name a street after Margaret J. Mack
  • Highlighted the growing trend of synthetic marijuana use
  • Taking developers of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center to task
  • Ensured The Stagg Group adhered to developing mixed housing on Webster Avenue
  • Brought CB7 leadership together with key City officials, residents, businesses to address concerns
  • Advocated for major capital improvements to increase energy-efficient apartments to improve area quality of life 
  • Organized Public Awareness Forum addressing dangerous effects of “K2-Synthetic Marijuana”
  • Initiated and developed the leadership for First Adhoc Veterans Services Committee
  • The Veterans Committee was voted in by the Board, as a full standing committee. June 19, 2015
  • Developed Adhoc Website, Acknowledgement and Media Committee
  • Developed First Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit to address personal wellness, learn professional development skills, and discuss current issues impacting themselves, their families and their community.
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  • Organized Public Awareness Forum addressing dangerous effects of “K2-Synthetic Marijuana”
  • Initiated and developed the leadership for First Adhoc Veterans Services Committee
  • The Veterans Committee was voted in by the Board, as a full standing committee. June 19, 2015
  • Developed Adhoc Website, Acknowledgement and Media Committee
  • Developed First Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit to address personal wellness, learn professional development skills, and discuss current issues impacting themselves, their families and their community.
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June 22, 2017 PowerPoint Presentation of  ‘Proposed Self-Storage Zoning Text Amendment”   In this case only the following Community Boards are affected in this proposal which include the following CD’s: 1,2,3,4,6,9,10,12.
Therefore, when the vote is given on July 12, 2017 at the next Borough Board Meeting, Adaline Walker Santiago, Bronx CB7 Chair will be abstaining. This information was shared at our Housing Committee on June 21, 2017, where it was agreed upon.
June 22, 2017:  Paula Luria Caplan, Consultant and the Housing and Land Use Committee, suggested and recommended that the study findings should be sent to City Planning and to the elected officials in the area, this was agreed upon on June 21, 2017 during the committee meeting.

In The News

News 12 Report:

10/25/2017:  Town hall meeting addresses shelter scheduled to open – News 12

More than 100 residents attended a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss a homeless shelter that is scheduled to open at 233 Landing Road before the end of this year. The site of the shelter was brought to Community Board 7 in 2014, but many residents at Wednesday’s meeting said they only recently found out about the scheduled opening.

The shelter will house 200 men, who must have some form of employment and at have some point lived in the University Heights area. It will also serve as transitional housing for one year, and the residents will have strict curfews.The Bowery Residents Committee, which will be overseeing the site and providing their clients with outreach programs, have agreed to meet with the community in January to discuss any other concerns they may have after the shelter is open. News 12 reached out to the Department of Homeless Services for a comment about the project and is awaiting a response.

Norwood News Report:

March 1, 2017CB7 Backs Plan to Downzone Mosholu Parkway Amid Zoning Studies

The group won a victory at the latest CB7 Land Use/Housing Committee meeting on Feb. 15 when the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), charged with determining the character of neighborhoods across the five boroughs, assured the community it will assess the look of the neighborhood. A motion presented before the full board at its Feb. 28 meeting was passed, with board members agreeing to revisit the proposal by the fall. READ MORE

Bronx Times News Report:

February 1, 2017:  Wait’ on Mosholu Parkway Downzoning

Residents pushing for the down-zoning of Mosholu Parkway may have to wait a little bit longer following a Wednesday, January 18 Community Board 7 meeting. Adaline Walker, chair of CB 7, said she appreciated the many residents who came out to the meeting to call for the down-zoning READ MORE

100 Percent Bronx News Report:

January 19, 2017: Bronx Community Board 7 Land Use Meeting

In what can be described as a usual bland short meeting attended normally by a handful of people, last night’s CB 7 Land Use Meeting lasted several hours before a packed room at the Community Board 7 office.  The agenda included a length;y discussion of the old Dollar Savings Bank building by the corner of  the Grand Concourse and Fordham Road. READ MORE

Norwood News Report:

January 5, 2017Proposal to Down-zone All of Mosholu Parkway Receives Community Support

Anthony Rivieccio, a community activist known to harangue developers chipping away at Bedford Park’s past and present, has a surefire way to stem development: restricting building size. That idea is already being examined by Community Board 7, which hired an urban planning consultant to gather testimonials on neighborhood needs, which appear to trend towards a more suburban-like setting.. READ MORE