I’m pleased to share this important and good news with you.
ERFA’s application to the City of New York for a zoning change to prevent the construction of supertall residential towers in the East River Fifties area and encourage community diversity has been officially certified by the City Planning Commission.
As we’ve been discussing in these more than 18 months leading up to certification, this step clears the way for a formal public review similar to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and is a significant procedural milestone in the application by ERFA and its co-applicants: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, Councilmember Ben Kallos, and State Senator Liz Krueger.
To read the press release announcing this milestone, click here.
Certification by the Commission allows the proposal to enter a months-long review and decision process involving Community Board 6, the Borough President, the City Planning Commission and the City Council. Approvals by the City Planning Commission and City Council are necessary for the rezoning to take effect.
This is a major milestone, but this fight is not over. We must continue to show our growing base of support and community solidarity every step along the way.
And, we are still in a race. To give us the best chance of success, it is important for ERFA’s constituency to continue to demonstrate support for our rezoning proposal during the public review process.
Here are a few ways: show up, be vocal, and make a financial contribution.
We will alert you to opportunities, such as those advertised for this week, where you can learn about what’s next, show your support of the effort, and connect to others who care about this issue:
- ERFA Town Hall, June 8th, 8 a.m. @ Morso, 420 East 59th Street. We will provide you with an overview of the steps involved in the public review process and how you can continue to make your voices heard.
- Overdevelopment Forum: Community Initiatives, Closing Loopholes & Our Fight Against Overdevelopment, June 8th, 6-8 p.m. @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 331 East 70th Street
- Community Board 6 meeting when our rezoning application is discussed. Date/time TBD. We’ll post the date as soon as we have it.
Thank you for your support of this effort. We need it now more than ever. Please consider supporting this effort now in the way that works best for you.
I look forward to keeping you up-to-date as we work our way through the City process.
Read the press release — and all of our other official documents and releases — by visiting our media page.