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Mayor Signs Intro. 775-A, Limiting Power of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Member David Greenfield at the signing of Intro. 775-A. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography OfficeMayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Member David Greenfield at the signing of Intro. 775-A. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed City Council bill Intro. 775-A. The bill imposes deadlines on the Landmarks Preservation Commission and gives additional power to property owners.

As reported in YIMBY’s mid-year landmarking update last Friday, the bill, now law, gives the commission a period of one year from calendaring to vote for individual landmarks, interior landmarks, and scenic landmarks. If action is not taken on a calendared item by the one-year mark, the item will be removed from the calendar. There is an option for a one-year extension, but only with the consent of the property owner. For historic districts, the period of consideration is limited to two years.

Additionally, any item on the commission’s calendar at the time the law takes effect would have to be dealt with in 18 months, or be removed from the calendar. Again, there is the option for a one-year extension, but only with the consent of the property owner.

Preservationists decried the bill as one that guts the landmarks law created in 1965. “This law effectively makes the designation powers of the LPC much more limited, while providing the agency with no additional resources to perform its complex work,” said the Historic Districts Council on Thursday. The organization represents over 500 smaller ones across the five boroughs.

On the other side, there is this statement from the Real Estate Board of New York. “We want to thank the New York City Council for adopting legislation that will create reasonable timelines for the process of designating new landmarks,” said REBY president John H. Banks, III. “We also want to thank the many civic, labor, clergy, and community leaders… and others who raised their voices to call for a smart and sensible way to help property owners know what to expect and make sure future backlogs are avoided.”

It’s hard to say just when the impact of this law will be felt, but it could easily lead to less preservation in New York City.

Stay tuned.

11 Comments on "Mayor Signs Intro. 775-A, Limiting Power of Landmarks Preservation Commission"

  1. Released law by talking and meeting, each other can know about what is suitable.

  2. BrooklynAve | July 1, 2016 at 9:21 am |

    I hope even yimby can agree that this is an abomination. De Blasio is quickly ruining the aspects of the city that make it attractive and an economic engine. What a fraud!

  3. Lee Gelber | July 1, 2016 at 9:26 am |

    The mayor and council have emasculated the Landmarks Preservation Commission and have sold out to the likes of SL Green, Vornado and Extell so they can build more money laundering condos for anonymous investors.

  4. Bruce Silberblatt | July 1, 2016 at 10:20 am |

    Draedful!

  5. Look at the leer on Blas’s face – he’s already counting the donor money and whatever other financial incentives this “progressive” is getting from Big Real Estate. No doubt Blas will try to push through many other developer friendly laws, questionable deed restrictions lifted, and zoning easements both through the City Council and even in Albany. It will be too late to roll things back if NYC starts looking a lot more like no-zoning-laws Houston.

  6. Laurie Tobias Cohen | July 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm |

    My heart breaks as I think of the many ultimately successful landmarking efforts that required way more time than these arbitrary, punitive limits will allow. What a travesty.

  7. Andrew Porter | July 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm |

    The fact that REBNY thinks this is a good thing shows that there’s lots wrong with it.

    I wonder if ISIS will also approve this?

  8. This mayor just keeps getting worse and worse. We would have been better off with Bloomberg for a 4th term!

  9. De Lausio should just wear a sign on his neck ” This Bitch is For Sale”

  10. De Blasio destroying all the progress made by the Bloomberg administration..

    Awful mayor.

  11. This makes me incredibly nervous. I have been trying very hard to cut DeBlasio slack on various fronts, hoping he would finally live up to his own hype, but I think this is the last straw for me. Sad.

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