FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2014
Rachaele Raynoff - (212) 720-3471
CITY PLANNING LAUNCHES NEW EXPANDED VERSION OF WEB APPLICATION
FOR ZONING INFORMATION
Improvements Enhance Usability for Business and Property Owners
May 14, 2014 - The Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) today released user-driven updates to ZoLa – the popular, one-stop web application for zoning information – adding the ability to see all uses on City owned and leased properties, view where sidewalk cafés are allowed, and overlay the Department of Finance’s Digital Tax Map. These enhancements make it easier for business owners seeking to open a sidewalk café and for property owners to locate lot lines and property dimensions. For the first time, ZoLa now provides a full inventory of uses on city owned and leased land. These new features to ZoLa were developed in response to feedback from various users including property owners, researchers, and City agencies. This initiative reduces the municipal government’s reliance on producing paper maps and addendums by providing this public data in a green, accessible fashion.
With the new version:
- Users will be able to display the various layers of ZoLa on top of the Department of Finance’s Digital Tax Map (DTM). Details from the DTM (e.g., lot lines, dimensions) are visible as one zooms in with ZoLa.
- For the first time, users of ZoLa will now be able to view maps showing where the Zoning Resolution permits sidewalk cafés and on what streets different types of cafes are allowed. One can search individual locations or find snapshots of sidewalk café rules for larger geographies throughout the entire city.
- Users can research the full inventory of uses on City owned and leased properties mapped throughout the five boroughs. This layer displays data collected by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Like the sidewalk café data, one can learn the ownership and use for one location, or view a broader area to find City-owned and leased properties and/or particular uses located on them.
ZoLa provides a simple way to find a wide range of zoning and land use information in interactive, highly readable map layers pertaining to a particular property, or to the city at large. ZoLa allows users to enter an address and quickly find: property ownership, zoning, land uses in the surrounding area, historic districts, landmarks and administrative boundaries, such as community and local elected officials’ districts. One can also overlay citywide initiatives, such as the FRESH program, which incentivizes neighborhood grocery stores, or the Inclusionary Housing Program to foster creation and preservation of affordable housing, to determine where they are applicable.
Department of City Planning
The Department of City Planning (DCP) promotes strategic growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable communities in the City, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide. It supports the City Planning Commission and each year reviews more than 500 land use applications for actions such as zoning changes and disposition of City property. The Department assists both government agencies and the public by providing policy analysis and technical assistance relating to housing, transportation, community facilities, demography, waterfront and public space.
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