Judge Katherine Levine agreed to lift a temporary restraining order, allowing the Gowanus Rezoning to enter the city’s seven-month approval process, The Real Deal first reported. The City Planning Commission will certify the neighborhood rezoning application Monday afternoon, officially kicking off the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
Backdrop: Community groups argued that the process required in-person meetings. The city responded that participation was much higher in online Zoom meetings, and argued in its most recent filing that de Blasio’s executive order allowing land use meetings to be held remotely nullifies the provisions cited in the lawsuit.
What’s at stake: The rezoning would cover 80 blocks between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, and allow 8,200 new apartments, 700,000 SF of commercial space and 251,000 SF of community facilities to be built on land currently zoned for industrial use.
Worth Noting: Because the review process takes seven months, any further delay could push its conclusion beyond the end of the de Blasio administration and the tenure of the two City Council members, Brad Lander and Steve Levin, who collectively control its fate, TRD noted. The lifting of the restraining order means the rezoning review can proceed while the lawsuit plays out. Whatever the trial-court judge decides is likely to be appealed, but supporters of the rezoning saw the delay as the main threat to it. [TRD+CO+Crain’s]
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