This measure would make the construction of new hotels in certain locations more uncertain and more costly by requiring a city planning commission “special permit.”
First, some background. Contrary to many jurisdictions outside of the New York, the city’s Zoning Resolution permits most hotels to be built “as-of-right.”
That is, if the proposed building complies with the zoning “bulk” and use regulations for the zoning district, the developer simply files for a building permit, which is issued as a ministerial (non-discretionary) act.
To read the article: City mulling plan that could curb new hotel construction in NYC