On May 29, 2019, the City Council adopted the Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment with modifications. The text amendment is now in effect
In 2018, amidst growing concerns, Mayor de Blasio asked the Department of City Planning (DCP) to examine excessive voids used to raise residential tower heights in predominantly residential areas:
DCP is proposing modifications to R9 and R10 and equivalent zoning districts throughout the city. The proposed regulations for residential buildings will:
The focus is on R9 and R10 zoning districts and their commercial district equivalents where residential towers are permitted and the overuse of mechanical voids is possible.
|Department of City Planning Certification||January 28, 2019|
|Bronx, Manhattan, & Queens Community Board Resolutions||March 7, 2019|
|Manhattan Borough President Recommendation||March 7, 2019|
|City Planning Commission Public Hearing||March 13, 2019|
|City Planning Commission voted to approve the modified* application - Read the CPC Report||April 10, 2019|
|City Council Hearing||April 16, 2019|
|City Council Approval with Modification**||May 29, 2019|
*Modification of 25-foot mechanical space height threshold to 30 feet.
**Modification of 30-foot mechanical space height threshold to originally proposed 25 feet.