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1961 Zoning Resolution Collection
Introduction | 1961 Zoning Resolution Collection | History of the City Planning Commission
Special Midtown District Collection | Zoning the City | Rezonings 2002 - 2013

Existing Zoning Map, Plan for Rezoning the City of New York, 1950 Proposed Zoning Map, Plan for Rezoning the City of New York, 1950
Existing and Proposed Zoning Maps, Plan for Rezoning the City of New York, 1950


City Planning Commission Reports

City Planning Commission Reports
City Planning has released approximately 25,000 City Planning Commission reports dating back to 1938. View them on the Commission Reports page.


1916 Zoning Resolution

PDF Document 1916 Zoning Resolution
The Building Zone Resolution was adopted by New York City’s Board of Estimate and Apportionment on July 25, 1916. The nation’s first comprehensive zoning resolution. (Note: text only; does not contain zoning maps)


1960 Zoning Resolution

PDF Document 1916 Zoning Resolution including all amendments adopted prior to November 1, 1960
Represents the final amended version of the Zoning Resolution prior to the 1961 comprehensive amendment.


1961 Zoning Resolution

PDF Document 1961 Zoning Resolution
The Zoning Resolution that went into effect on December 15, 1961 to advance a modern vision of emerging economic, social, environmental, and physical realities. Adopted by the Board of Estimate on December 15, 1960.

For a summary of the history of the 1961 Zoning Resolution, see About Zoning - Background.


Plan for Rezoning the City of New York

PDF Document Plan for Rezoning the City of New York
by Harrison, Ballard and Allen, October 1950
Harrison, Ballard and Allen were retained by the City to develop recommendations towards an overhaul and modernization of the 1916 Zoning Resolution. Plan for Rezoning details eight proposals and their impact on the city. The report was submitted to the City Planning Commission in October 1950. Much of its contents form the basis for the 1961 Zoning Resolution.


Zoning NYC

PDF Document Zoning New York City
by Voorhees Walker Smith & Smith, August 1958
This second consultant’s report, issued by architects Voorhees Walker Smith & Smith in August 1958, builds on the recommendations laid out eight years prior in Harrison, Ballard and Allen, and outlines a new Resolution in significant detail. This extensive proposal contains the text and maps that would ultimately become the new Zoning Resolution, with an accompanying explanatory report.  It is organized to detail the use and structure of zoning districts, the drawing of new zoning maps, industrial performance standards, large-scale developments, non-conforming uses, and regulations governing residential development, off-street parking, light and air, height around airports, and the administration of zoning.


Zoning Committee Minutes

PDF Document Zoning Committee Meeting Minutes, 1959
The Zoning Committee formed by CPC Chairman James Felt and DCP staff met throughout June, July and August 1959 to review the Voorhees report and craft a comprehensive proposal. These minutes provide a detailed account of the committee’s inner workings and policy debates.


1959 Planning Progress

PDF Document Planning Progress 1959
The Planning Progress report summarizes all activities of the City Planning Commission in 1959, and outlines progress made by the Commission in revising the Zoning Resolution over the course of the year.


Public Hearing transcripts

Public Hearing Transcripts on 1961 Zoning Resolution Proposal
This collection of transcripts comprises 14 volumes of testimony from 10 public hearings held before the City Planning Commission throughout March and September 1960. These transcripts provide an in depth portrait of the concerns and opinions of architectural and planning professionals, and interested citizens. Hearings were held sequentially on citywide policy changes and on specific changes to each borough. 


City Planing Commission NOtes from 1960 Public Hearings

PDF Document City Planning Commission Notes from 1960 Public Hearings
Minutes of the Special Meeting of the City Planning Commission. Summary information about each of the March public hearings (see Public Hearing Transcripts), including Chairman James Felt’s daily opening remarks, a list of those making appearances and the communications read into the record.


City Planning Commission Report and Resolution on 1961

PDF Document City Planning Commission Report and Resolution on 1961 Zoning Resolution Proposal
City Planning Commission report on the Comprehensive Amendment of the Zoning Resolution, dated October 18, 1960. This report is a comprehensive overview of the Commission’s steps in evaluating a new Zoning Resolution, the need for new zoning and the deficiencies in the existing Resolution.


Board of Estimate Resolution on 1961 Zoning Resolution Proposal

PDF Document Board of Estimate Resolution on 1961 Zoning Resolution Proposal
Board of Estimate report on the Comprehensive Amendment of the Zoning Resolution, dated December 15, 1960.


Planning Progress 1961

PDF Document Planning Progress 1961
The Planning Progress report summarizes all activities of the City Planning Commission and DCP in 1961, and outlines work done on the Zoning Resolution in the year it went into effect.


Zoning Handbook

PDF Document Zoning Handbook
A guide to understanding and using the Zoning Resolution.  Released in 1961 following adoption, this handbook provides a layman summary of the major features and the structure of the new Resolution.





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