In January 2018, LPC launched a proposal to update and amend some of its existing rules, found in Title 63 of the Rules of the City of New York, and to add new rules in order to streamline the process for approving every day work on designated properties, and make the regulatory process more efficient and transparent for applicants, neighbors and the public.
In December 2018, after a robust year-long public process, including two public hearings, public briefings and four months of comment periods, which helped inform a revised proposal, the Commission approved the proposed rules. A copy of the new adopted rules, which became effective on January 22, 2019, can be found here.
The City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA), Chapter 45 of the New York City Charter, establishes the procedure for adopting rules. Pursuant to Section 1043(b) of CAPA, the Commission voted to calendar the Proposed Rules on January 23, 2018 and held a public hearing on March 27, 2018. The public hearing provided an opportunity for the public to testify and/or submit written comments in person before the Commission. Written comments were also accepted beyond the public hearing, as the Commission extended the deadline for submitting written comments to May 8, 2018.
After reviewing the public comments received, LPC revised the proposal, and on October 16, 2018, the Commission held a second public hearing to to solicit comments on the revisions made to the proposed rules changes. The revised Proposed Rules and Statement of Basis and Purpose can be found here.
On December 11, 2018, the Commission unanimously voted to approve the revised Proposed Rules, whichwent into effect on January 22, 2019.