Help us repeal Special Permit ZR Section 73-622 in Dyker Heights

Community Board 10’s application to repeal the Special Permit Section 73-622 is moving into the next phase of the review process. A public hearing is scheduled at  Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM, before a formal review by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. This is a critical piece of legislation that encourages the development of illegal conversions in Dyker Heights and needs to be repealed immediately.

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What is the Special Permit?

The Special Permit section 73-622 allows certain homeowners to apply for a special permit for the expansion of floor-area and 10-foot encroachments into the required 30-foot backyards. Many neighborhoods in Brooklyn, including Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Kings Bay, Borough Park, Midwood and Flatbush are subject to the Special Permit.

Why was the Special Permit implemented?

Community Board 10 adopted the Special Permit zoning rule 20 years ago to encourage families to stay in the area, rather than moving to other neighborhoods for bigger homes. The idea was to entice families to “grow in place,” to add a needed room for a new baby or an extra alcove. In practice, however, the special permits pose the risk of attracting developers and investors because of the potential to use it to illegally convert homes into SROs. 

How does this relate to illegal conversions? Why should it be repealed?

Developers and investors can use the Special Permit to enlarge their property and make SROs that contain even more units. This abuse of the Special Permit would negate protections against overdevelopment that many community members and representatives fought for over a decade ago. The Special Permit ZR Section 73-622 will only give these opportunists more of an incentive to cause destruction in our neighborhood, thus changing the very character of our community and eliminate the reasons why so many of us, for so long, have called this place home.  If we don’t repeal the Special Permit for Community Board 10 we will be legitimizing and encouraging this illegal behavior.

LET OUR REPRESENTATIVES KNOW YOU’RE FOR THE REPEAL OF THE SPECIAL PERMIT IN COMMUNITY BOARD 10. JOIN US AT THE PUBLIC HEARING AT BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL ON THURSDAY, JULY  28TH AT 6:00PM AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!