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ENB Region 2 Notices 4/21/2021

Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Elevate Transit: Zoning for Accessibility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) together with the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) is proposing a zoning text amendment (Proposed Action) in the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) to establish a framework for coordinating the siting and provision of transit station improvements with new developments on adjacent sites. Specifically, the zoning text amendment would create a system‐wide easement requirement (System‐wide Easement Requirement), that would require developments on lots over 5,000 square foot within 50 foot of a mass transit station in most zoning districts to obtain a determination from the related transit agency on whether a transit easement volume is needed on site for future station access. This requirement would be accompanied by targeted zoning relief to minimize potential construction and design challenges. In addition, an optional Chair Certification would be created to facilitate the provision of a transit easement volume on other sites not subject to the requirement.

The proposed text amendment would also create an expanded transit improvement bonus program (Expanded Transit Improvement Bonus Program), through New York City Planning Commission (NYC PC) Authorization, that would grant a floor area bonus for developments within all R9 and R10 density‐level districts that provide transit station improvements, including accessibility improvements. In addition to this Authorization, additional zoning relief on such sites may be pursuant to other discretionary actions.

The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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