Supreme court approves Sunset Park rezoning

The New York State Supreme Court appellate division issued a decision yesterday stating that the city can proceed with the 2009 rezoning of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, Crain’s reported.

The city rezoned a 128-block area in Sunset Park in 2009, putting 50-foot height limits on side streets, but allowing for taller residential projects on Fourth and Seventh avenues. Opponents of the changes — residences, churches and the non-profit Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association — said that the rezoning would displace the area’s low-income families, and filed in New York State Supreme Court against the city’s Planning Department, claiming that the department had not conducted environmental reviews required for zoning changes.

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“We are gratified that the appellate court found that the city’s environmental review was appropriate. The city complied with all applicable laws, and took a hard look before determining that there were no significant adverse environmental impacts,” said Elizabeth Natrella, senior counsel of the Appeals Division in the city Law Department, in a statement.

The plaintiffs have not ruled out an appeal, Crain’s said. [Crain’s]

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