Sandy causes city to amend zoning regs
by Josh Brewer
May 29, 2013 | 752 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Months after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the city, home and business owners are still feeling the effect in their wallets.

In an attempt to prevent damage from a future storm, the Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing a Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment that would require new and existing buildings to meet federal laws for flood-resistant construction.

Members of Community Board 6 met with DCP's Aline Fader on May 23 to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed plan. While several members voiced their concerns regarding the cost of construction, most understood the importance of the proposed laws.

“These measures will ensure that homes and businesses throughout New York City's flood-prone areas are built stronger and safer than ever before,” said Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri in a press release.

Under the proposed plan, owners of residential buildings have the option of wet flood-proofing to meet the required Flood-Resistant Construction Elevation (FRCE). Basements or cellars located under the required elevation could only be used for parking or storage.

Non-residential buildings and mixed-use buildings have the option of wet flood-proofing or dry flood-proofing. In mixed-use buildings, residential use must be above the flood elevation level.

Dry flood-proofing consists of placing flood barriers outside the building. By doing so, the entire first floor may be used for non-residential use even if it is not elevated above required FRCE.

For information regarding the new flood zone construction standards, visit www.nyc.gov/recovery.

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