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Downtown Brooklyn Parking Text Amendment – Is it enough?

Jennifer Dickson, Urban Planner, Herrick's Land Use Group | August 14, 2012 in Parking,Real Estate Industry,Sustainability,Zoning | Comments (17)


This summer, City Planning is in the midst of a zoning change that will reduce the parking requirements for new buildings in Downtown Brooklyn.   The text amendment is part of the city’s larger reevaluation of the Zoning Resolution’s parking requirements, as I’ve discussed previously (DCP released a study last year examining Manhattan’s parking situation, but hasn’t yet introduced any text amendment for that area).  To recap the requirements – with the exception of Manhattan below 110th Street, all new buildings in NYC must provide some amount of on-site parking spaces.  This requirement can be as high as one space for 100% of all new residential units in lower density areas, and can be onerous for affordable housing and small buildings – or anywhere there isn’t a market for on-site parking spaces.  The zoning provides few exceptions to the parking requirements – the requirements for affordable housing are less than those for market rate residential buildings, and developments that are small enough can waive their requirement, but in most other cases, the only way that the parking requirement can be reduced is through a variance. 

Downtown Brooklyn’s text amendment, which reduces residential requirements from 40 to 20 percent, is currently winding its way through the public review process.  The reduction has been welcomed by many in the development community – the area continues to see a number of high-density residential development projects, and since it has some of the best transit access in the country, there simply isn’t a market for the required number of on-site parking spaces.  (more…)

A Clear Message on Sustainable Housing?

Eldad Gothelf, LEED AP Urban Planner, Herrick's Land Use Group | October 22, 2010 in Affordable Housing,Development,Green Buildings,Green Issues,Real Estate Industry | Comments (2)

Earlier today, the Municipal Arts Society, as part of their Summit for New York City, held a conference on Sustainable Housing.

The panelists each had a few minutes to share their experiences. (more…)

ULI Conference

Mitch Korbey, Partner, Herrick's Land Use Group | October 14, 2010 in Hotel Industry,Real Estate Industry,Trends | Comments (16)

ZONE is in the nation’s capital for the Fall Urban Land Institute Conference.  Here’s an initial report: (more…)