On Monday night, March 17, the night of Shushan Purim, the Land Use Committee of Community Board 9 has invited representatives of the NYC Department of Planning to come to the community and hear input from community members about the future direction of the neighborhood.
This meeting is a preliminary step to gather community input before the Community Board makes a formal request for City Planning to do a study of possible changes in Zoning that the community may need.
At the Community Board Meeting held on February 25 a few homeowners spoke about how the current zoning on many blocks did not permit them to add living space to their homes, such as a larger kitchen, an additional bedroom, or a small apartment for an elderly parent. Other area residents voiced considerable opposition to the suggested changes.
Rabbi Eli Cohen, who presented the proposal of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council at the meeting told COLLive that a strong showing of homeowners in support of zoning changes is essential for the process to keep moving forward.