3 thoughts on “Community Boards Reflect on their Votes For, and Against, Bloomberg Rezonings

  1. “Former board member David McWaters and board member Val Orselli offer similar accounts of the positive effects of the East Village rezoning. ”
    Who would believe anything David McWaters has to say?

    He was forced to resign suddenly as chair of Community Board 3 in 2014 when it was discovered that he lied for years about his true residency – in New Jersey – in order to remain on the board and vote questionably on liquor license applications for his buddies. http://thevillager.com/2013/09/26/breaking-david-mcwater-to-resign-from-community-board-3/

  2. The Staten Island down-zonings of 2005-06 were desired by the S.I. community for years. Too many attached and semi-attached homes were being built on an island with the same limited water-sewer-road infrastructure it had in 1964 when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was opened. The new semis and attached homes didn’t fit in with the residential character of our neighborhoods. New school construction did not keep up with population growth over those years too. The downzonings corrected some of the big mistakes in the 1961 zoning. I don’t know what will happen with deBlasio’s proposed Bay Street upzoning but I don’t think our limited infrastructure can handle 16-story buildings.

    • What’s interesting about the Bloomberg rezonings is that virtually every neighborhood had the same complaints as Staten Island — that further development would destroy the character of the community, and that the infrastructure (schools, sewers, roads) had failed to keep up with population growth. Experience in the years since, in places like Williamsburg, has born out many of those worries. Yet for some reason, Staten Island’s claim to residential authenticity and worries about strained infrastructure produced a massive downzoning, one implication of which was that the rest of the city would have to absorb the population growth that the island otherwise would have seen. Maybe the concerns on the island had merit, but it wasn’t necessarily merit that decided who got zoned down and who got zone up.

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