Community Boards are the lowest level of city government; there are 59 of them throughout the city. Each CB handles issues including zoning, landmarks, permits, liquor licensing, city budgeting, and handling citizen complaints. CB9 (which encompasses parts of Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush) has 50 volunteer members, appointed by City Council Member Laurie Cumbo or Mayor de Blasio.
From the Community Board 9 page:
Before the City can acquire property for use by the City, or dispose of property owned by the City, the action is subjected to ULURP – Uniformed Land Use Review Procedure.
As part of the ULURP process, the matter must come before the community board at a public hearing where residents within and outside the community can present testimony. The agency applying for consideration under the ULURP procedure must also attend the hearing to respond to community concerns/questions.
The community board votes and makes recommendation to the Department of City Planning.