The City Planning Commission, established by the 1936
City Charter, began operating in 1938 with seven members
appointed by the Mayor. The 1989 Charter expanded the
Commission to thirteen members. The Mayor appoints the
Chair who is also the Director of City Planning. The
Mayor also appoints six other members, each Borough
President appoints one member, and the Public Advocate
appoints one member. The Chair serves at the Mayor's
pleasure while the other 12 commissioners each serve
for staggered terms of 5 years.
Commission is responsible for the conduct of planning
relating to the orderly growth and development of the
City, including adequate and appropriate resources for
the housing, business, industry, transportation, distribution,
recreation, culture, comfort, convenience, health and
welfare of its population. The Commission meets regularly
to hold hearings and vote on applications, as described
above, concerning the use, development and improvement
of real property subject to City regulation. Its consideration
of these applications includes an assessment of their
environmental impacts where required by law.
schedules, calendars and more information about commission
meetings and hearings.
the City Planning Commission reports.
CPC Recommendations on General Project Plans - Provisions of the New York State Urban Development Corporation Act require that any General Project Plan (GPP) to be implemented through the override of local regulation or which involves the acquisition of real property by condemnation be referred to the City Planning Commission (CPC).
For Commissioners' terms of office and their appointing
officer, see the Table
Public meetings of the City Planning Commission are
featured on NYC TV, the official television network
of New York City. The meetings are cablecast on Channel
74's program "Shaping the City with the CPC." Programming
schedules are available from NYC
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