New York Zoning Appeals Board Exercises Considerable Authority

In New York City, a zoning appeals board oftentimes acts as the de facto planning commission.
April 13, 2004, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"For many years, the [Board of Standards and Appeals] has been quietly carrying out its duties without attracting much attention. But as housing prices and the pressure for development have risen, critics, including planners, civic groups, council members and community leaders, complain that the board has, in hundreds of decisions and with little public oversight, reshaped neighborhoods and altered the fabric of life in communities across the city."

Thanks to Christopher Alvarado

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Published on Monday, April 12, 2004 in The New York Times
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