Dear PLG Neighbors,
Prospect Park East Network and several other community groups have been fighting the 23 story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue because we believe it offers few benefits to our community and many negatives. One of the reasons a developer could gain such an outsize benefit at the expense of our neighborhood is that our zoning is outdated and does not match our needs.
Thanks to your signatures on petitions, the letters you wrote to our elected officials, and your voices at our meetings, the Department of City Planning has finally begun meeting with Community Board 9 and members of the community to discuss rezoning to prevent future towers and address other issues of concern to the community.
But what is "zoning"? How exactly does it affect what can be built on your block, your quality of life and your business? What exactly is "upzoning"? "downzoning?" What is "contextual zoning"? Are changes planned for your block? How can you participate effectively in the rezoning process? How is zoning related to affordable housing or the retail environment? Are you concerned about parking, traffic, noise, or crowding on subways?
To answer all these questions and more, Prospect Park East Network, Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association and the Parkside Empire | Flatbush Merchants Association are co-sponsoring a zoning workshop with Tom Angotti, Professor of Urban Planning at Hunter College, former City Planner, and Brooklyn resident.
Date: August 27
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Tafari Cafe, 591 Flatbush Avenue
We hope to see you there!