ULURP Watch: Greenpoint Landing Development is Certifiedby on
The day has come: Greenpoint Landing Development’s variance request has been certified. For all those who attended our community workshop last month and participated in the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s What is ULURP sandwich-building-exercise, you know what this means.
If you missed the workshop, here’s a brief explanation:
A developer goes to the Department of City Planning to have their development request certified. If all the developer’s paper work has been filed and the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is complete, DCP basically has to certify the request. It’s not so much an approval of the request, so much as one step in the chain. It also “starts the clock” on this ULURP request. Each step after certification has an associated time window.
What’s the next step?
After DCP certification, the request moves into the hands of the Community Board. In our case, Brooklyn’s CB1. They have 60 days to notify the public, hold a public hearing and submit a recommendation to the City Planning Commission and the Borough President. Let me stress — CB1 is submitting only an advisory recommendation. A recommendation based on community input gathered at the CB1 meeting.
The community board meeting to discuss all of this will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave., starting at 6:30pm.
Be there. Be there early. Plan to be there late. Come informed. Most importantly, come and say what you think about the project’s variances. This is the first of only three opportunities the community has to say what we think on the record. It’s an opportunity to inform our appointed representatives and elected officials on what the community wants. And who knows better than Greenpoint residents what is best for Greenpoint — developers? City agencies? The Mayor? Right, that’s what I thought.
What are the Greenpoint Landing requests?
Very glad you asked, because most importantly the request is NOT a request for approval to build. Greenpoint Landing already has the right to build. This particular ULURP action revolves around a very specific part of the Greenpoint Landing Development. You can read about the ULURP’s specific requests in our post: “Community Workshop Follow-up: Let’s Discuss Greenpoint Waterfront Developments.“
Really, don’t just look at the map below, go read the whole post. It’s helpful, I promise.
Wait a minute, what about 77 Commercial St.?
Usually when we talk about Greenpoint Landing, we also throw in the variances for 77 Commercial St. They are two completely separate projects, but are often discussed at the same time because they both impact the waterfront and are coming up through ULURP at the same time. The requests for 77 Commercial St. will be discussed at the meeting on
August 13th August 20th (6:30pm, Automotive HS) if they are certified before then. I’m unaware if they have officially been certified by DCP yet.
I have a lot of strong feelings about this, what should I do?
Completely understandable, this is a very important issue. Here are a few things you can do:
- Write to us. GWAPP is both collecting resident’s opinions on the developments’ requests to create our own community-informed position, and acting as a forum for residents’ concerns by posting them (with permission) on the GWAPP site for us all to discuss. You can leave your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this page, or e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact your Councilman, Steve Levin. CM Levin will represent us if and when the ULURP request moves to the City Council. Being that this development is happening in CM Levin’s district, other council members may look to him on how to vote, and that’s why it’s EXTRA important that he understands the Greenpoint communities’ wants, demands and concerns, so that he can most effectively represent us. His contact information: 718-875-5200, email@example.com, and @StephenLevin33 on Twitter. Or write him at: 114 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
- Show up to the August 13th Community Board meeting and voice your concerns.
As always, please leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.