When we first posted about the AIA’s proposed zoning text amendments, there was a bit of confusion about the public input process. It seems the comment deadline we announced was for the responses of community boards, and no one we spoke to knew for sure if/when the proposals would proceed accordingly through ULURP. Now that the amendments are heading to the City Planning Commission, there will be more opportunity for the public to respond, but one problem remains: people are still confused about the possible impact of the proposed changes.

Enter Task Force members Historic Districts Council (and strangely, Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz). HDC sums up the issue this way: “The proposal was quietly introduced by letter to the city’s community boards in October 2007 (which did not allow for Community Board meetings to be scheduled until December), and we understand that the amendments are scheduled for a public hearing at the City Planning Commission on February 13th. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has asked for this hearing to be postponed until the public can thoroughly review the proposal and get the full story. Several Community Boards in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan have rejected this proposal and asked for more time and more input in the process, but it’s still moving ahead. If it passes City Planning, it will go to City Council where, if approved, it will pass into Law.”

HDC will hold an informational meeting on January 23, where HDC President and urban planner Paul Graziano will explain the details of the proposal; and will be joined by Community Board Land Use members from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan – as well as Council member Tony Avella, Chair of the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises.

Details after the jump. Also, for more discussion of the proposal, please visit our wiki at the Open Planning Project.

WHAT: Informational Community Meeting on Proposal to Amend Zoning Text for Contextual Zoning Districts
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 PM

WHERE: General Society for Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th Street. (Located in third floor classrooms of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America)