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Land Use & Landmarks

The Community Board's Role in Land Use Decisionmaking

Manhattan Community Board No. 4, like all Community Boards, reviews land use applications at public hearings. Under the Unform Land Use Review Procedures (ULURP) we review proposals that include zoning changes, special permits, and the disposition, acquisition, or development of property by New York City. We also review requests for variances to the City's zoning regulations that are submitted to the Board of Standards and Appeals.

Most ULURP and BSA applications are reviewed first by one of our two land use committees - the Chelsea Preservation & Planning Committee or the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen Land Use Committee. Applications for revocable consents are reviewed by our Transportation Planning Committee. Revocable consents allow an applicant to occupy City property - generally sidewalks - and are used for sidewalk cafes.

At the committee meeting, the applicants present their plans to the public and the committee votes on recommendations that will be considered by the full Board. The committee will often discuss possible changes with the applicants. The full Board then makes final recommendations on each matter that are submitted to the Department of City Planning (for ULURP actions), the Board of Standards and Appeals (for BSA applications) or the Street Activity Permit Office or Department of Transportation (for revocable consents). The actual decision on these matters is made by the relevant City agency. ULURP applications require the Board to hold special public hearings - these hearings take place just before each month's full Board meeting, when required.

More information about the land use processes can be found by following the links at left.

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