Authorization for Electrical Utility Substations

The City Planning Commission may authorize electrical utility substations in the Special Willets Point District in order to serve the needs of the Special District, and the regulations thereof shall be modified as necessary to accommodate the operational needs of the substation, upon authorization of the City Planning Commission, provided the Commission finds that:

(a)        the architectural and landscaping treatment of such use shall blend harmoniously with the abutting area to the extent reasonably permitted by the operational needs of the substation; and

(b)        if the site proposed for such use is within Area A, as shown on Map 1 in the Appendix to this Chapter, that there are difficulties in locating such use within Area B, as shown on Map 1.

The Commission may, consistent with cost-effective operations and capital planning, and the operational needs of the substation, prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards on matters necessary to effectuate the provisions of paragraph (a) of this Section that are not regulated by other applicable codes, laws, rules or regulations. The applicant shall provide the Department of City Planning with a general description of such codes, laws, rules or regulations and a certification that the proposed substation shall comply therewith.