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

 

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.
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.

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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In The News

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