Landmarks Commission Welcomes Public Comment on Revised Rules
The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted today to hold a public hearing in October to allow comment on recent changes to the controversial Rules revisions LPC announced last March. The public, the Conservancy, and other groups spoke out against portions of the proposals and we said we could not support them. We joined with our colleagues in April asking that the changes be rescinded.
We are pleased the LPC heard the concerns and outlined a series of updates that we hope will resolve these issues. The LPC website will post the revised rules after today's vote.
The Conservancy was concerned that the first set of proposed Rules revisions would add a complicated layer of bureaucracy to the permit process, requiring hiring an architect or expediter. They would also have limited Community Board review of projects that have a strong impact on neighborhoods, such as rooftop and backyard additions. The revisions would also have created a new category of “lesser” buildings within historic districts, potentially allowing significant alteration or even demolition in a district without public notification or input.
We will be analyzing the new text to see if it addresses those concerns.