Take a look-see at how city is speeding land use process

The city’s review of land-use applications has now become faster and more efficient for property owners, developers and other applicants with the Department of City Planning’s (DCP) Business Process Reform (BluePRint) that was launched last month.

When BluePRint is fully implemented, DCP will be able to review the majority of all applications up to 50 percent faster than today, saving applicants time and money, and getting projects built and onto the city tax rolls sooner, according to the city.

The Real Estate Board of New York, its members and other industry professionals worked with DCP in developing BluePRint, which simplifies and streamlines the City’s pre-certification process, so that it could best benefit all projects in New York City that require public review.

The City reached out for input so that it could improve some long-standing concerns that REBNY and other industry professionals had with the City’s existing pre-certification process of land use applications or pre-ULURP, including the length of time reviews took and the repetitive requests for more information, which slowed down projects.

DCP’s collaborative relationship with the industry and other interested parties resulted in practical and effective feedback concerning the pre-certification process.

The city anticipates that the new improved system for the pre-certification process will provide economic and community benefits, will attract and grow businesses, create jobs, generate tax revenue and reduce development costs. According to the city, these improvements will save applicants up to $100 million per year in soft costs and carrying costs. 

Another benefit of the new system will be the ability to establish measurable timeframes for the review of land use applications and to quickly identify when projects encounter delays as they proceed on a critical path to certification.

Future improvements include creating templates for two-thirds of the most common application types by the end of 2013; creating a separate and faster track for simpler applications that do not require extensive technical and environmental analysis; and developing a tracking and IT system that will permit electronic filing of applications which would allow applicants and the public to view the status of applications and other important data by the end of 2015.

For those that want to learn more about BluePRint, DCP is holding an information session on changes to the pre-certification process at 9 am, Sept. 14, 2012 at the DCP building, 22 Reade Street. Please RSVP to TCOYNE@planning.nyc.gov

In other REBNY News:

Attention golf and tennis players. Don’t miss out on REBNY’s Fall Golf & Tennis Outing on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at Metropolis Country Club, 2899 Dobbs Ferry Road, in White Plains. Golfers pay $425 and tennis players are $315. For those wishing to attend only the lunch and dinner portions of the event, lunch/dinner is $225 and dinner only is $150. For more information, contact Kathleen Gibbs kgibbs@rebny.com or 212-616-5246.

Get your nominations in for REBNY’s Residential Division “Deal of the Year Awards.” The deadline is Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Review your re-sales, new development sales and rental transactions that have closed or will close between Sept. 16, 2011 and Sept. 14, 2012 for the Deal of the Year Contest and submit nominations for Most Promising Residential Rookie Salesperson of the Year. The winners will be announced at the Residential Deal of the Year Awards and Gala on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. For more information, contact jtaylor@rebny.com.

REBNY members please check your membership profile by Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 on the member’s side of www.rebny.com to ensure an accurate listing in REBNY’s 2013 Diary & Manual. Once you log into the site, under “Enter Website” go to “My Account” and click “My Profile.” If you have changes, please call REBNY’s membership department at 212-616-5245.