East Village / Lower East Side Rezoning

What do you see when you look uptown or downtown from the East Village? Towers. The zoning we fight for protects our walkable, tree-lined streets, one of the main reasons people love living here.

LOWER IS BETTER A new zoning code protects the neighborhood
LOWER IS BETTER A new zoning code protects the neighborhood

The EVCC was a founding member of LESCAZ, the Lower East Side Coalition for Accountable Zoning, which worked to achieve more appropriate zoning that fits our neighborhood’s low rise scale.

The EVCC commissioned BFJ Planning to study the zoning of the East Village in light of the inadequacies of the R7-2 code mapped across most of our neighborhood, unchanged since the last major revision of the City’s zoning code in 1961. Rezoning the East Village: A Discussion Paper, was completed in June 2005. EVCC met with the Department of City Planning [DCP] and submitted our study to Manhattan Community Board 3. The study provided a catalyst for a zoning change widely desired across communities within CB3, establishing the 197a Plan Task Force, which worked with DCP on the Plan.

The City Council approved the 111-block rezoning on November 19, 2008.

Look back at the city’s initial 2006 zoning proposal.

Formula Retail Zoning (FRZ)

The EVCC works to support independent small businesses in our neighborhood to help maintain the diverse, unique community that has long thrived here and is essential for our future. Through community input and our Formula Retail Working Group, EVCC analyzed the current state of formula retail within the East Village. Our 2015 Preserving Local, Independent Retail report includes a set of proposals for limiting chain stores in the neighborhood through zoning reforms.

The EVCC continues to press for any and all measures to support local independent business, and is working with CB 3 on a proposed Special District for the East Village.

Latest News on Our Rezoning Efforts (update coming soon . . .)

  • Please Comment On LPC Rules Changes, Update On Keep The Cap Please comment on LPC Rules Changes! There is still time to comment on LPC rules changes. Public notice and the opportunity to comment are essential to good government. Sign on to GVSHP’s letter today!  Neighbors, elected officials, Community Boards and preservationists turned out in force to voice concerns about the proposed set of changes to Landmarks Preservation Commission rules. With no public notice of applications ... Read More
  • Rally TODAY! 5:30pm 3rd Avenue & St Mark’s Place Join GVSHP, LESPI, Cooper Square Committee, EVCC, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and others to save our neighborhood from becoming a glassy Silicon Alley! A $150 million deal has been signed for a “boutique office building” to rise at 3rd Avenue and St. Mark’s Place.Multiple office buildings, hotels and high-rise condos are planned for this area, pushing out longtime residents and businesses. The East Village Community Coalition strongly ... Read More
  • Save The 3rd And 4th Avenue Corridors 6:30PM WED 9/13 Critical CB 3 Meeting: Rezoning the 3rd & 4th Avenue Corridors   Save Third & Fourth Avenues in the East Village! Join GVSHP and neighbors at the Community Board 3 Land Use Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 13 6:30pm Rutgers Community Center 200 Madison Street (btwn Rutgers & Pike Streets) F Train to East Broadway; M 15 Bus (1/2 Ave) to Pike & Madison Meeting begins at 6:30 pm; this is ... Read More
  • 432 E. 14th St – Update: Developer Withdraws Revised Plan 432 E. 14th Victory Developer Withdraws Revised Plan! Today the developers of 432 E.14th Street, withdrew their revised application. After strong community opposition, the BSA rejected the initial application was for variance to build 50% (four floors) higher than our zoning allows. The revised application still requested an additional floor, but with your support Left: Former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office. Center: Height allowed (8 ... Read More
  • City Planning Reduces Height Increases Planned for Contextual Zones, Reforms Community Process The Department of City Planning announced that it will present to 51 community boards before further action is taken on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability plan introduced in February. The change is a response community opposition from neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs expressed during the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In ... Read More
  • NY State Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Case Against NYU Expansion Plan In the latest installment of the ongoing struggle against NYU’s huge expansion plan, the State’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals, has agreed to hear a case that was filed by petitioners in mid-November regarding public parkland. The lawsuit has passed through two lower courts, with differing results. Those following the dispute, ... Read More
  • 11/17: TOWN HALL to Save our Community Center TOWN HALL Save Our Community Center November 17, 2014 6:30pm-8:30pm Casa Victoria, 308 East 8th Street (between Avenues B & C) Join Council Member Rosie Mendez and elected officials, neighbors, and community organizations in an important discussion about the status of former P.S. 64 at 605 East 9th Street. Organize to return the building to community use! Read More
  • City Raises Objections to “Dorm” Plan for PS64 The Department of Buildings has issued a Stop Work Order and moved to revoke a partial permit for the dorm conversion planned for former PS64/ CHARAS – El Bohio. In response to Councilmember Rosie Mendez’s letter dated September 3rd, the DOB raised objections to the approved conversion plan, which had earned agency support based on misinformation. The plan violates the zoning code and the “dorm ... Read More
  • Accidental Skyline: A Map of Underbuilt Manhattan     The Municipal Art Society released a new tool for identifying parcels with air space that can be developed under existing zoning. Much of the East Village is already near or at its height limit as a result of the 2008 contextual rezoning advanced by the EVCC and the East Village/ Lower East Side community. Some lots (in ... Read More
  • Formula Retail Community Workshop: November 19th EVCC invites you to voice your opinion about the current state of chain stores within the East Village. Join EVCC November 19th from 6pm-8pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, for a community workshop on Formula Retail. The workshop is open to all but space is limited. Please contact melanie@evccnyc.org or call 212-979-2344 if planning to ... Read More