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Brooklyn Charter Amendment re zoning districts

Issue 14 on the ballot. Ballot language: Shall Article V, Section 10(b) of the Charter of the City of Brooklyn be amended to provide that any legislation establishing a zoning district or changing a zoning district of any parcel from one district to another must be referred to the electors of the city at a general, primary or special election; and to provide that notice of such election shall be published in accordance with general law in a newspaper of general circulation in the city? A YES vote approves the amendment to the city charter (requiring zoning changes to be approved by voters).A NO vote rejects the proposed amendment.A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
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Pro and Con Arguments For and Against the Measure

The city's charter review commission suggested this amendment. The commission wished to more clearly define what “proposed zoning or rezoning measure” means by identifying the types of zoning code changes that are subject to automatic voter referendum. The commission further wished to defer to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections deadlines for placing a local zoning issue on the popular general, special or primary ballot, and to account for the rapidly dwindling daily newspaper market by reducing, from two to one, the number of newspapers into which the city must place notices of a zoning election.
The League knows of no con arguments related to this charter amendment.

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