Planning boards and conditional use permits are not mutually exclusive, as Shapiro implies. We need both reforms, if properly structured, for the planned development of our city.
As long as City Council or mayoral votes are auctioned, these proposals cannot work miracles. What is to keep developers from buying votes to influence the adoption of a community plan blessed by a community planning board any more than a conditional use permit, once it gets to the council?
In the absence of meaningful reforms advocated by Not Yet New York (two-term limit for mayor and council, campaign spending limits), local government will not be accountable to the public whether we have local boards or conditional use permits.