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NYC Land Use Bulletin: City Planning to Ban As-Of-Right Self-Storage Facilities in Industrial Business Zones

NYC Land Use Bulletin: City Planning New Self-Storage Facilities In These Areas Would Only Be Allowed By City Planning Commission Special Permit

New Self-Storage Facilities In These Areas Would Only Be Allowed By City Planning Commission Special Permit

On March 1, NYC Department of City Planning announced a citywide zoning text amendment proposal to restrict self-storage facilities in New York City.   At the same time, they scheduled March 30 for a public meeting on the environmental scope for the proposal.  The proposal is an outgrowth of the Mayor’s 2015, 10-Point Industrial Action Plan.

The proposed text amendment introduces a City Planning Commission Special Permit for all new self-storage development in designated manufacturing districts located in Industrial Business Zones.

Within these 21 Industrial Business Zones, which are located in all boroughs except Manhattan, new self-storage facilities would be allowed only by a new special permit subject to the City’s ULURP process.

The proposed text amendment introduces a City Planning Commission Special Permit for all new self-storage development in designated manufacturing districts located in Industrial Business Zones.

As-of-right facilities  — both ground up construction and conversions of existing space– would be prohibited in these designated areas. New facilities in these areas would be subject to a case-by-case review under ULURP to “ensure that the development of self-storage does not diminish future siting opportunities for industrial, more job-intensive businesses.”  As-of-right facilities would continue to be allowed in other manufacturing and C8 districts.

If the Department were to complete the Environmental Review and certify an application before the summer, the zoning, which itself is subject to the land use review process, could go into effect by the end of 2017.  In order to “vest” projects before new zoning is adopted, foundations must be substantially complete for new construction.  For building conversions to self-storage, as a general rule, the work must be substantially completed by adoption in order to vest.

The public scoping session is scheduled for March 30 at 10 am at 22 Reade Street in Lower Manhattan.

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