Responsible planning and zoning are key to a well-functioning city. New York’s zoning code, established in 1961, serves as the legal instrument by which development and land use is regulated. Generally, areas are categorized as residential, commercial or manufacturing. Because CB5 was carved out specifically as the central business district, most of the district is comprised of commercial and manufacturing zones. CB5’s Land Use, Housing & Zoning (LUHZ) committee examines issues related to changes in the zoning code and how land is used in the district. For example, the LUHZ committee and CB5 as a whole played large roles in the recently-enacted East Midtown rezoning, which unlocked the sale of air rights in East Midtown to incentivize developers to build and renovate Class A office space.
All Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications are referred to the LUHZ committee. ULURP is an intensive, timed public process that gives the community the opportunity to weigh in on certain zoning changes. Community boards have a mandated role early in the process and take the first stab at shaping the proposal at hand, giving the LUHZ committee an important responsibility. The LUHZ committee also reviews zoning special permit applications.
Generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of month at 6pm. Meeting time and location subject to change. Please refer to our calendar.
You can find a record CB5's virtual Land Use, Housing & Zoning Committee meetings on Youtube.
You can find CB5's Policy on Public Notification here.
280 Park Avenue, application on behalf of Fasano Restaurant New York LLC for certification by the Chair of the City Planning Commission pursuant to Section 37-73(c) of the Zoning Resolution to allow two open air cafes within an existing plaza
835 6th Avenue, an application requesting Department of City Planning Chair Certifications to allow for design changes to an existing plaza and allow for an Open Air Café at 835 6th Avenue (between 30th/31st Sts.).
Application to continue the construction of a hotel pursuant to ZR section 11-332, special provisions for hotels in M1 districts, which requires hotels in manufacturing zones to seek special permit approval at 1227 Broadway