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Green Zoning

August 8, 2013 | Posted by Ryan Issa 8/8/2013 | Permalink
    On June 11, 2013, as part of what Mayor Bloomberg called “the most ambitious sustainability program any city has ever undertaken,” the New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency released a report entitled, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” that details steps for the City to prepare and adapt for climate change after Hurricane Sandy. The report is wide-ranging and proposes measures spanning topics such as climate analysis, citywide infrastructure, the built environment, economic recovery, community preparedness, environmental protection and remediation, and specific community rebuilding plans. read more
August 22, 2012 | Posted by Elizabeth F. Larsen and Inge Hindriks 8/22/2012 | Permalink
Recently, the City enacted the “Zone Green” Text Amendment, which removes impediments from the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York that previously restricted the use of certain green building features. The new text amendment facilitates the retrofitting of existing buildings with green technologies and ensures that new buildings that use these technologies are not penalized for their inclusion. read more
June 23, 2011 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

Building rooftops constitute 11.5 percent of the overall surface area in New York City, or approximately 944.3 billion square feet, an entire extra borough.  Consequently, rooftops have an enormous impact on the environment of the city and on the economics of owning and developing real estate.  The following article was published in the New York Law Journal on June 20, 2011, and discusses tax incentives, grant programs, zoning allowances and other laws and initiatives enacted at the federal, state and local levels to encourage the installation of sustainable roofs.  The article also discusses the impacts that a sustainable roof can have on a project seeking certification with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") program. 

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January 5, 2011 | Posted by Elizabeth Larsen | Permalink

Since December 2009, New York City's Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program has offered financial benefits, such as tax reductions and exemptions, and zoning incentives, such as increased floor area and waiver of parking requirements, to businesses that expand or create new grocery stores in targeted areas. The City Council's FoodWorks report, released on November 22, 2010, proposes aggressive marketing of the FRESH Program, among other things, to encourage the expansion of fresh food retail in underserved areas of the City. On November 29, 2010, the Department of City Planning proposed expanding the applicability of the FRESH Program to commercial corridors in Queens Community District 12. To date, the following three projects have received financial incentives under the FRESH program: a new Foodtown in the Norwood section of the Bronx; a new Western Beef in the Tremont section of the Bronx; and a new Associated Supermarket in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. 

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