Mandated & Other Notices

High Line Improvement Fund (HLIF) 

The High Line Improvement Fund (HLIF) rate is the price of the contribution which allows for an additional floor area bonus sought through the High Line Improvement Bonus (HLIB) pursuant to ZR 98-25 or the High Line Transfer Corridor (HLTC) bonus pursuant to ZR 98-35 within the Special West Chelsea District (WCh). The HLIB allows for additional floor area as specified in ZR 98-22 (Maximum Floor Area Ratio and Lot Coverage in Subareas) for sites within designated improvement areas located between West 15th and West 19th Streets. The HLTC bonus provides additional floor area of up to 1.0 FAR of that portion of a zoning lot that is within the HLTC. (Maps of the HLTC and the HLIB improvement areas can be found in Appendix B and Appendix C of the WCh text.) Within the designated geographies, an applicant may apply for the bonus through a Chairperson certification. More information on the certification process is available.

The price of the bonus contribution rate is adjusted every August as per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index and currently stands at $70.19 per square foot.

Contributions to the HLIF pursuant to the HLIB shall be used at the direction of the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission solely for improvements to the High Line within the applicable improvement area, with such contribution being first used for improvements within that portion of the High Line improvement area on such zoning lot. Contributions to the HLIF pursuant to the HLTC bonus can be used more flexibly at the discretion of the Chairperson to assure that the High Line is restored and reused as a publicly accessible open space.

West Chelsea Affordable Housing Fund (WCh AHF)

The West Chelsea Affordable Housing Fund (WCh AHF) rate is the per-square-foot contribution that allows for an increase in floor area pursuant to ZR 98-22 and ZR 98-262(c) within the Special West Chelsea District (WCh). Within the designated geography, applicants may apply for a floor area increase through a Chairperson certification. More information on the certification process is available here

This new fund is administered by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and used for the development, acquisition, or rehabilitation of low-, moderate-, or middle-income housing in Community District 4 in the Borough of Manhattan. The WCh AHF contribution rate was established by a rule-making process and is currently set at $622.09 per square foot. The contribution rate increases or decreases by the same proportion as the Tier 1 MIH In Lieu Fee (select the “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” drop-down menu and navigate to the “Affordable Housing Fund Contribution (Fee in Lieu) Schedule” located under the “Additional Materials” section) for Manhattan Community District 4 as established by HPD in July of each year.

Waterfront Management Advisory Board

The Waterfront Management Advisory Board (WMAB) members will advise the administration on matters related to New York City waterfront and waterways, and provide guidance to the Department of City Planning (DCP) on the development of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. This plan, published every 10 years, provides a vision for the city’s waterfront for the next decade and beyond. DCP anticipates beginning broader public engagement on the plan in early 2019.

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Hudson Yards District Improvement Bonus (DIB)

The Hudson Yards District Improvement Bonus (DIB) provides additional floor area of up to 8.0 FAR for sites within certain subareas of the Special Hudson Yards and Special Garment Center Districts. To obtain the bonus an applicant would make a per square foot of bonus contribution to the Hudson Yards District Improvement Fund (DIF). The price of the bonus is adjusted every August as per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index and currently stands at $142.75 per square foot. The DIF is used to repay bonds sold several years ago to finance infrastructure improvements in the Hudson Yards area.

In limited areas of the Special Hudson Yards and Special Garment Center Districts, where bonus floor area for residential use is sought, the DIB contribution must be combined with the provision of inclusionary housing to obtain the bonus. In that case a smaller per square foot of bonus contribution (approximately 45%) is required.

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Hudson Yards Parking Reservoir

The Hudson Yards Parking Rules establish that there is a limited amount of off-street parking spaces available for sites within the Hudson Yards Parking Regulations Applicability Area (which includes the Special Hudson Yards District , the 42nd Street Perimeter Area of the Special Clinton District and Area P2 of the Special Garment Center District).

This amount is derived from a complex formula that is affected by the current number of off-street parking spaces in the Hudson Yards Area. Each year DCP staff surveys parking in the Hudson Yards Area and the results of that survey are expressed [here - PDF]. For more information on how the Hudson Yards Parking Rules were developed and how they operate, please click [here - link to HY Parking Text Archived]. If you would like to apply for off-street parking for a site in the Hudson Yards Area please contact DCP’s Manhattan Office for more information.

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