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De Blasio's Affordable Housing Zoning Changes Up for Vote at CB2 Tonight

By Rosa Goldensohn | October 22, 2015 8:51am
 Maximum heights will be increased by as much as 10 feet in the plan.
Maximum heights will be increased by as much as 10 feet in the plan.
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Two citywide zoning changes that are cornerstones of the mayor's affordable housing plan will go before the Brooklyn Community Board 2 land use committee Thursday.

The plans, called Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, would raise some height limits and incentivize the building of affordable and senior housing, according to a presentation from the Department of City Planning.

Local groups Society for Clinton Hill and the Fort Greene Council oppose the Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal, saying it would not spur affordable housing — under the rules — because developers can take advantage of increased heights without building or subsidizing any affordable units in the enlarged building.

In a letter to city planning chief Carl Weisbrod, the group's leaders urged him "to resist the pressure from the real estate industry that produced this proposal."

"It guarantees neither quality or affordability; it is simply guaranteed to enable developers to make more money," the letter says of ZQA.

Changes that city planners said were meant to improve building aesthetics would override hard-won contextual zoning, according to the critics.

DCP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tonight's deliberation and vote will be held at at 6 p.m. St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St.