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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Doctoroff Admits Atlantic Yards Opponents Are Right

The Observer's Matthew Schuerman has a scoop: resigned Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff—an enabler and promoter of the state's zoning override and bypass of the City Charter, ULURP, zoning, community boards and the entire city council for Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project—now says that the project should have gone through the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). It is good to know, but of little comfort, that now that he is on his way out of office, the city's development czar has decided that democratic oversight would have been appropriate for the largest project ever proposed in the history of Brooklyn--a project dependent on eminent domain abuse, demapping city streets, radically altered zoning, and immense amounts of public subsidy.

It's no wonder that what we and the community have been saying for 4 years now—that bypassing ULURP was wrong—has led to such a contentious fight, when one of the culprits now admits we've been right all along.

From the Observer:

Doctoroff Looks Back on Atlantic Yards
by Matthew Schuerman

Critics of Atlantic Yards repeatedly argue that there is something about the 22-acre housing and arena complex in Brooklyn that does not jibe with the Bloomberg administration’s rhetoric about community participation in the planning process. In an article appearing in tomorrow’s Observer, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff basically agrees.

“I am a huge believer in the ULURP process,” he said, referring to the seven-month public-review process that involves the local community board, the borough president, the City Planning Commission and the City Council. “If it happened again, and the state were to ask if I would encourage them to take Atlantic Yards through the ULURP process, I would say yes.”

As it happened, the state overrode local zoning regulations in order to get Atlantic Yards approved, a process that weakened control by local officials and strengthened the hand held by Governor Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.

That move was actually supported by Mr. Doctoroff at the time. Back in February 2005, he signed an agreement (PDF) with the state and Forest City Ratner, the developer of Atlantic Yards, in which the city consented to a state override of ULURP (it stands for Uniform Land-Use Review Process)...
(emphasis added)

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