City Planning Commission SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Hearing This Thursday, September 2, 10 am
- Virtual and In-Person Testimony Allowed
- Borough President Holds Five-Hour Public Hearing, Withholds Recommendation
- Opponents Including Incoming and Past Councilmembers Urge Rejection
The City Planning Commission will hold its sole public hearing on the massive SoHo/NoHo Upzoning plan this Thursday beginning at 10 am. Virtual and in-person testimony at 120 Broadway’s basement concourse hearing room will be allowed. Speakers will be allowed 3 minutes but written testimony of 500 words can be submitted here. To testify virtually, use the link which will be posted by 9 am Thursday morning HERE. Click HERE for sample testimony and HERE for talking points.
WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO TESTIFY AND CALL UPON THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION TO VOTE NO! The Commission and the City Council (which will hold the final public hearing in the fall) must approve the plan in order for it to be passed.
Last week, Borough President Gale Brewer held a five-hour public hearing on the plan, in which by far the majority of those testifying opposed the plan, including 13 speakers on behalf of Village Preservation. After criticisms from Village Preservation and the SoHo Alliance about the imbalance of the panel of “experts” chosen by the Borough President as the preamble to the hearing, the chair of Community Board 2, a vocal opponent of the plan, was added at the last moment.
Prior to the hearing, Village Preservation organized a press conference of incoming District 1 (SoHo, NoHo, Chinatown, Lower Manhattan) City Councilmember Christopher Marte and past District 1 Councilmembers Alan Gerson and Kathryn Freed calling for the rejection of the plan. We were also joined by Antony Wong of Community Board 2, who spoke to the plan’s disproportionate and negative impact on Chinatown and the failure of the City to do virtually any outreach to that neighborhood — watch the video HERE, and read coverage HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Read our testimony and submission HERE.
Though the Borough President’s deadline for submitting her recommendation on the rezoning plan was last Wednesday, she still has not done so; we are told she will by this Thursday.