Yesterday saw officials move on seven-month-long citywide zoning reforms that make way for casinos in New York City as many vie for three downstate operating licenses. The key is a new zoning amendment that legalizes licensed casinos in certain commercial and manufacturing areas. Such facilities would be “deemed complying and conforming with all applicable use and bulk zoning regulations,” according to a description of the proposed changes.
“Other non-casino uses such as hotels, restaurants, bars, eating or drinking establishments, as well as other amenities, may be included with the State approval and license, and will also be deemed as being in compliance with the Zoning Resolution,” the description states.
At least nine casino bids are in for New York City. The licensing process will have applicants obtain local land use approvals before they’re considered by the state gaming commission. Potential casinos in those large zoning districts would avoid the long Uniform Land Use Review Procedure for each application, cutting some red tape.
The proposal is set to be reviewed by the city’s 59 community boards and five borough presidents. It will come up for a vote by the City Council sometime next year.