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File #: Res 0387-2018    Version: * Name: LU 85 - Zoning, Hudson Blvd. & Park Text Amendment, Manhattan (N 180238 ZRM)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Land Use
On agenda: 6/7/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving the decision of the City Planning Commission on Application No. N 180238 ZRM, for an amendment of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, for the purpose of modifying floor area regulations for Phase 2 of Hudson Boulevard and Park in Article IX, Chapter 3 (Special Hudson Yards District), Community District 4, Borough of Manhattan (L.U. No. 85).
Sponsors: Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Francisco P. Moya
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. May 9, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 2. Land Use Calendar - Week of May 14, 2018 - May 18, 2018, 3. Land Use Calendar - Week of May 28, 2018 - June 1, 2018, 4. Hearing Testimony - Zoning 5-18-18, 5. Hearing Transcript - Zoning 5-15-18, 6. Land Use Calendar - June 5, 2018, 7. Hearing Testimony - Zoning 5-30-18, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-7-18, 9. Committee Report, 10. Resolution, 11. Minutes of the Recessed Stated Meeting - June 7, 2018, 12. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 7, 2018

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

RESOLUTION NO. 387

 

Resolution approving the decision of the City Planning Commission on Application No. N 180238 ZRM, for an amendment of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, for the purpose of modifying floor area regulations for Phase 2 of Hudson Boulevard and Park in Article IX, Chapter 3 (Special Hudson Yards District), Community District 4, Borough of Manhattan (L.U. No. 85).

 

By Council Members Salamanca and Moya

 

WHEREAS, the City Planning Commission filed with the Council on May 7, 2018 its decision dated April 23, 2018 (the "Decision"), pursuant to Section 201 of the New York City Charter, regarding an application submitted by the New York City Department of City Planning, for an amendment of the text of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, for the purpose of modifying floor area regulations for Phase 2 of Hudson Boulevard and Park in Article IX, Chapter 3 (Special Hudson Yards District), (Application No. N 180238 ZRM), Community District 4, Borough of Manhattan (the "Application");

 

                          WHEREAS, the Decision is subject to review and action by the Council pursuant to Section 197-d(b)(1) of the City Charter;

                           WHEREAS, upon due notice, the Council held a public hearing on the Decision and Application on May 15, 2018;

 

                           WHEREAS, the Council has considered the land use implications and other policy issues relating to the Decision and Application; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council has considered the relevant environmental issues, including the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) for which a Notice of Completion was issued on November 8, 2004 (CEQR No. 03DCP031M) for which the proposed action would not result in any new or different significant adverse impacts or require any new or different mitigation measures than those identified in the 2004 FGEIS and the Technical Memoranda referenced in the Decision (the “Technical Memoranda”);

 

RESOLVED:

 

                     Having considered the FGEIS and the Technical Memoranda with respect to the Decision and Application, the Council finds that:

                      

 (1)                                          the FGEIS meets the requirements of 6 N.Y.C.R.R. Part 617;

 

(2)                                          consistent with social, economic and other essential considerations, from among the reasonable alternatives, the proposed action is the one which minimizes or avoids adverse environmental effects to the maximum extent practicable, including the effects disclosed in the FGEIS; and

 

(3)                                          consistent with social, economic and other essential considerations, to the maximum extent practicable, adverse environmental effects revealed in the environmental impart statement  will be minimized or avoided by incorporating as conditions to the approval those mitigative measures which were identified as practicable; and

 

The Decision, together with the FGEIS and the Technical Memoranda constitute the written statement of facts, and of social, economic and other factors and standards that form the basis of this determination, pursuant to 6 N.Y.C.R.R. §617.11(d).

 

RESOLVED:

 

                     The Council finds that the action described herein will have no significant impact on the environment.

 

Pursuant to Section 200 of the City Charter and on the basis of the Decision and Application, and based on the environmental determination and consideration described in this report, N 180238 ZRM, incorporated by reference herein, the Council approves the Decision of the City Planning Commission.

 

Matter underlined is new, to be added;

Matter struck out is to be deleted;

Matter within # # is defined in Section 12-10;

* * * indicates where unchanged text appears in the Zoning Resolution.

 

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ARTICLE IX - SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICTS

 

Chapter 3

Special Hudson Yards District

 

93-00

GENERAL PURPOSES

 

The “Special Hudson Yards District” established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect public health, safety and general welfare. These general goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:

(a)                     to facilitate and guide the development of an environmentally beneficial, transit-oriented business and residence district by coordinating high density development with expanded mass transit facilities, extended and improved subway lines, improved pedestrian access to mass transit facilities, improved pedestrian circulation and avoidance of conflicts with vehicular traffic;

 

(b)                     to control the impact of buildings on the access of light and air to the streets and avenues of the Hudson Yards area and the surrounding neighborhoods;

 

(c)                     to provide an open space network comprised of public parks, public open space and public access areas through the establishment of a large-scale plan and other controls and incentives;

 

(d)                     to preserve the pedestrian orientation of ground floor uses, and thus safeguard a traditional quality of the City;

 

(e)                     to preserve the low- and medium-scale residential character of the Hell’s Kitchen area;

 

(f)                     to provide a transition between the Hudson Yards District and the Clinton community to the north;

 

(g)                     to provide a transition between the Hudson Yards District and the Garment Center to the east;

 

(h)                     to provide a transition between the Hudson Yards District and the West Chelsea area to the south;

 

(i)                     to promote the use of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to the west by creating an active and attractive business district that facilitates pedestrian access to the Center;

 

(j)                     to provide flexibility of architectural design within limits established to assure adequate access of light and air to the street, and thus to encourage more attractive and economic building forms;

 

(k)                     to provide a transition between the Hudson Yards District and the Hudson River to the west;

 

(l)                      to facilitate the restoration and reuse of the High Line elevated rail line as an accessible, public open space through special height and setback regulations;

 

(m)                     to promote the most desirable use of land and building development in accordance with the District Plan for the Hudson Yards and thus conserve the value of land and buildings and thereby protect the City’s tax revenues; and

 

(n)                     to limit the amount of off-street parking based on regulations that address the anticipated needs of residents, workers and visitors to the Hudson Yards Area, consistent with the objective of creating an area with a transit- and pedestrian-oriented neighborhood character.

 

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93-30

SPECIAL FLOOR AREA REGULATIONS

 

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93-32

Floor Area Regulations in the Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park

 

In the #Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park#, no #development# shall be permitted and, except as provided in Section 93-051 (Applicability of Article I, Chapter 1), no #building# shall be #enlarged#. However, #floor area# from a granting site within the #Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park# may be transferred to a receiving site in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (a) of this Section.

 

For the purposes of this Section, a “granting site” shall mean a #zoning lot#, or portion thereof, within the #Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park# and the #lot area# of such granting site shall include any area on such site designated on the City Map as Hudson Boulevard or #public park#, and a “receiving site” shall mean a #zoning lot#, or portion thereof, within Subareas A2 through A5 of the Large-Scale Plan Subdistrict A or Subareas D1 or D2 of Hell’s Kitchen Subdistrict D, to which #floor area# from a granting site has been transferred.

 

Special regulations for certain #zoning lots# partially within the #Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park# are set forth in Section 93-33.

 

(a)                                          Transfer of floor area by certification

 

                                          The Chairperson of the City Planning Commission shall allow, by certification, the applicable basic maximum #floor area ratio# of a receiving site to be increased up to the maximum amount specified in Section 93-21 or 93-22, as applicable, through the transfer of #floor area# from a granting site, provided that:

 

(1)                                          the maximum amount of #floor area# transferred from a granting site shall not exceed the #floor area ratio# permitted on the granting site, as listed below, less any existing #floor area# to remain on the granting site:

 

  District

Maximum #floor area ratio#

C2-8

7.5

C6-2

6.02

C6-4

10.0

M1-5

5.0

 

(2)                                          each transfer, once completed, irrevocably reduces the amount of #floor area# that may be transferred from the granting site by the amount of #floor area# transferred; 

 

(3)                                          the maximum amount of #floor area# transferred to a receiving site shall be based on an amount not to exceed the #floor area ratio# permitted on a #zoning lot# through such transfer pursuant to Section 93-21 or 93-22, as applicable. In the event a granting site generates more #floor area# than is permitted on a receiving site, the Chairperson shall certify that such excess #floor area# be credited towards future #floor area# transfers pursuant to this Section; and.

 

(4)                                          where all #floor area# shall be transferred from a granting site pursuant to one or more such certifications, all certificates of occupancy have been surrendered for such granting site, all structures on such granting site have been demolished, and such granting site has been conveyed to the City for improvement, where applicable, as a #public park# or #street#, as provided for on the City Map.

 

Where, as a result of the transfer of #floor area# pursuant to this paragraph (a), the amount of #floor area# on a receiving site is less than the maximum allowable as specified for the applicable subarea in Row B in the table in Section 93-21 and Row C in the table in Section 93-22, any additional #floor area#, up to the maximum #floor area ratio# permitted on the receiving site as specified in such rows, may be achieved only through contributions to the #Hudson Yards District Improvement Fund# pursuant to Section 93-31 (District Improvement Fund Bonus), an increase in #floor area# pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section or Section 93-33 (Special Regulations for Residual Portions of Zoning Lots Partially Within the Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park), or the Inclusionary Housing Program pursuant to Section 23-154, as modified by Section 93-23.

 

An application filed with the Chairperson for the transfer of #floor area# pursuant to this paragraph (a) shall be made jointly by the owners of the granting site and receiving site, and shall include a site plan and #floor area# zoning calculations for the granting site and the receiving site, and a copy of the transfer instrument legally sufficient in both form and content to effect such a transfer, together with notice of the restrictions upon further development of the granting site and the receiving site.

 

Notices of restrictions shall be filed by the owners of the granting site and receiving site in the Borough Office of the Register of the City of New York, indexed against the granting site and the receiving site, a certified copy of which shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Commission. Receipt of certified copies thereof shall be a pre-condition to issuance of any building permit, including any foundation or alteration permit, for any #development# or #enlargement# on the receiving site which incorporates #floor area# transferred pursuant to this paragraph (a).

 

(b)                                          Authorization for contribution-in-kind

 

                                          The City Planning Commission may authorize a contribution-in-kind to the #Hudson Yards District Improvement Fund# for a receiving site, provided that:

 

(1)                     the conditions for transferring #floor area# set forth in paragraph (a) of this Section have been met as of the date of the authorization or will be met in accordance with agreements or instruments entered into pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of this Section;

 

(2)                                          the granting site will be improved, at the applicant’s expense, as a #public park# or #street#, as provided for on the City Map, prior to conveyance to the City; and

 

(3)                                          the applicant, or an affiliate of such applicant, has entered into an agreement or provided instruments in a form satisfactory to the City, providing for the improvement of the granting site as a #public park# or #street# pursuant to an agreed-upon construction schedule. The construction schedule may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with the provisions of such agreement or instruments and shall include progress milestones, including the date by which the improvements will be 50 percent complete, and a date by which the improvements will be substantially complete and usable by the public. In the event that the conditions for transferring #floor area# set forth in paragraph (a) of this Section have not been completed as of the date of this authorization, such agreement or instruments shall also provide that such conditions will be met, to the extent applicable, pursuant to an agreed-upon schedule.

 

In order to grant such authorization, the Commission shall find that the #public park# or #street# has been designed in accordance with the approved plan for the Hudson Boulevard and Park, or as an appropriate interim design, in consultation with the Department of Parks and Recreation or Department of Transportation.

 

[All of the following text of this section, which was not previously indented, is indented 0.5” and included as part of paragraph (b).] 

 

The amount of increased #floor area# generated by the contribution-in-kind shall be as determined by the Commission, which The Commission shall determine the reasonable cost of such improvement, including any acquisition and site preparation costs, and shall permit a #floor area# bonus in relation thereto divide this reasonable cost by the contribution amount per square foot of the District Improvement Bonus, as determined pursuant to Section 93-31, and in effect on the date of authorization of the contribution-in-kind pursuant to this paragraph (b), in order to determine the amount of increased #floor area# generated by the contribution-in-kind. In making such determination, the Commission may consult with an appraiser or engineer at the applicant’s expense. In the event the contribution-in-kind results in an amount of #floor area# in excess of what is permitted on the receiving site, the Commission shall authorize that such excess #floor area# be credited towards future #floor area# increases pursuant to Section 93-31.

 

The owner of the receiving site shall not apply for or accept a temporary certificate of occupancy for that portion of the #development# or #enlargement# identified as utilizing the increased #floor area# permitted pursuant to this paragraph (b), and the Department of Buildings shall not issue a temporary certificate of occupancy for such portion until the Chairperson has certified that the improvements are substantially complete and usable by the public. The owner shall not apply for or accept a permanent certificate of occupancy for such portion of the #development# or #enlargement# nor shall the Department of Buildings issue a permanent certificate of occupancy for such portion until the improvements have been finally completed in accordance with the approved plans and such final completion has been certified by the Chairperson. A restrictive declaration in a form acceptable to the Chairperson shall be recorded against the receiving site in the Office of the Register of the City of New York in order to implement such restrictions. 

 

An application filed with the Chairperson of the Commission for the transfer of #floor area# contribution-in-kind pursuant to this Section paragraph (b) shall be made jointly by the owners or contract vendees of the granting site and receiving site and shall, in all instances, include the party responsible either directly or through its affiliate, for the improvement of the granting site as a #public park# or #street# pursuant to the agreement or instruments entered into pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of this Section. a site plan and #floor area# zoning calculations for the granting site and the receiving site, and a copy of the transfer instrument legally sufficient in both form and content to effect such a transfer, together with notice of the restrictions upon further development of the granting site and the receiving site.

 

Notice of restrictions shall be filed by the owners of the respective sites in the Borough Office of the Register of the City of New York, indexed against the granting site and the receiving site, a certified copy of which shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Commission. Receipt of certified executed copies thereof shall be a pre-condition of the agreement or instruments required pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of this Section, and of copies of the recorded restrictive declaration, shall be a precondition to the issuance of any a building permit, including any foundation or alteration permit, for any #development# or #enlargement# on the receiving site that incorporates a #floor area# bonus granted pursuant to this paragraph (b).

 

In no event shall a building permit for a #development# or #enlargement# utilizing a #floor area# increase pursuant to this paragraph (b) be granted for the receiving site until the Chairperson provides notice to the Commissioner of Buildings that the applicant, or affiliate responsible for the improvement of the granting site, has provided acceptable evidence of site control for purposes of construction of the improvement.

 

93-33

Special Regulations for Residual Portions of Zoning Lots Partially Within the Phase 2 Hudson Boulevard and Park

 

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Adopted.

 

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                           The City of New York,  } ss.:

 

                     I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by The Council of The City of New York on June 7, 2018, on file in this office.

 

 

 

 

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