Dec. 21, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
The city has extended the deadline for the public to submit comments on the draft scope of work for Plaxall’s Anable Basin Rezoning proposal.
The Department of City Planning will accept written comments until the close of business on Jan. 19, 2018. The new deadline adds 24 more days from the original Dec. 26 closing.
The deadline was extended after several attendees at the Dec. 14 public scoping meeting made a request for it, citing the original date’s proximity to the holidays, which could limit the opportunity for out-of-town or busy area residents to become involved in the rezoning process. Plaxall worked with the DCP to extend the deadline after the attendees comments were collected.
The Anable Basin rezoning proposal, pushed for by Plaxall, aims to create the Special Anable Basin District, a 15-acre area that would allow for higher residential and commercial density than currently permitted.
The upzoning would lead to the construction of up to 5,000 units in the district over the course of 15 years, per Plaxall’s plans.
Part of the rezoning process involves an Environmental Impact Statement, which outlines the effects that the proposed rezoning would have on the area. Prior to releasing the EIS, a blueprint called the “draft scope” needs to be done, which lists all the areas to be touched on for the study, like schools, infrastructure, and sewage.
It’s at this point where the public can submit comments on the items listed for analysis and their methods, before an EIS is released.
Comments can be sent via email to Robert Dobruskin, director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, at [email protected]. Mail can be sent to:
New York City Department of City Planning
New York, New York 10271