Nolan Teams Up With Daniel O’Donnell and Other Colleagues in the Assembly to Stop Outsized Buildings

May 8, 2018

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, (D-western Queens) along with numerous members of the Assembly joined together in recent NYS budget negotiations to stop a plan to eliminate a cap on zoning allowances for building height in New York State.

The current law limits the floor-to area ratio, (FAR) to no more than 12. The NYS Senate proposed repealing this limit which would allow for localities to pass zoning with even higher limits. An FAR of 12 already would allow for extremely high towers of over 70 stories. Certain portions of Long Island City are now zoned “R10” which would allow for an FAR of 12 if the builder included “affordable housing.”

Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, (D-New York County) led the group of over 25 Assemblymembers to oppose the repeal of the FAR cap in the budget.

New York City had proposed eliminating the FAR cap in 2017 and Nolan opposed it then.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Assembly to stop any changes to state law that would allow for even larger buildings. This will not add truly affordable housing for our community. The City’s current plans trading greater development for affordable housing does not result in truly affordable units for our local residents, only outsized towers, and I think this would make matters worse,” said Nolan.

“I am committed to fight against this change in state law. New York City’s zoning resolution already allows for large buildings in Long Island City. We have seen what the results have been and there is no need for even taller buildings,” concluded Nolan.