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Open Industrial Uses
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Draft Recommendations

On July 31, 2013 the Open Industrial Uses Study project team met with the External Advisory Committee to present the draft recommendations for the study.  The draft recommendations were developed through a six-month engineering analysis with consultants HDR and Parsons Brinkerhoff.     The recommendations include regulatory amendments to the Zoning Resolution, Building Code, and Air Pollution Control Code, that will improve environmental conditions in industrial areas, support economic development and protect communities. Recognizing that the six open industrial use types that would be required to make facility upgrades as a result of the regulatory changes provide important services and employment for New Yorkers, the study team is reviewing the city’s industrial incentive programs to determine whether new types of assistance are appropriate. The study also recommends supportive programming, including education, and technical assistance.  The six uses include concrete/asphalt manufacturing, scrap metal processing, auto wrecking and salvage, waste recycling, construction and demolition debris transfer stations, and unenclosed storage of usable materials.

Specifically, the proposed amendments to Zoning Resolution would require existing and new open industrial uses to comply with prescriptive site design standards, rather than PDF Document performance standards. The performance standards in the Zoning Text were established in 1961 and are inconsistent with newer, superseding codes that offer more comprehensive regulations for environmental performance in New York City.   The new site design standards are consistent with national best practices and include paving, grading, drainage, and containment infrastructure designed to improve water and air quality.  These standards will apply to all new uses and, with the exception of construction and demolition debris transfer stations (C&D), will also apply retroactively to existing uses.  The C&D facilities are stringently regulated currently by the Sanitation Department and the State Department of Environmental Conservation. The retroactive requirements will have a five-year period for compliance.  Additionally, urban design requirements will apply to new uses including planting and buffering on residence district boundaries, and off-street loading berths even where there are no buildings on site.  The proposal also supports complementary code amendments to the Building Code that specifies flood hazard mitigation requirements for open industrial uses, as well as informational signage requirements similar to those for construction sites and a technical change regarding maximum fence heights.

July 31, 2013 Presentation On June 11, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg announced, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a comprehensive plan that includes actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide. The Open Industrial Uses Study is included as “Initiative 1” in the Environmental Protection and Remediation chapter.  The initiative addresses the safe storage of materials in the flood zone and supports OIUS’s objectives to provide for cost-effective measures that can help to make the City’s industrial areas stronger, safer, and more resilient to climate change.   






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