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Citywide Statement of Needs for Fiscal years 2014 and 2015 Citywide Statement of Needs for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, proposals to site, expand or close city facilities, by agency, in conjunction with city's facility siting process.
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The Citywide Statement of Needs for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 is the latest in the series of annual reports required under Section 204 of the City Charter. Along with the Criteria for the Location of City Facilities (the Fair Share Criteria), the Statement of Needs is part of a planning process in which communities are informed at the earliest possible stage of the city's needs for facilities and the specific criteria for selecting the locations of those facilities.

As part of a continuing program to provide the necessary tools for informed public participation in the siting process, the Department of City Planning also issues inventories of city, state, federal and non-profit health and mental health, social service, public safety, educational and recreational facilities and programs. This information is contained in the department's Selected Facilities and Program Sites in New York City. Per modifications to the City Charter resulting from the 2010 Charter Revision Commission, the Department has expanded this inventory to include transportation and waste management facilities.  The Gazetteer of City Property, published biannually in conjunction with the Statement of Needs, supplies information about the use and location of existing city-owned and leased properties.  The Gazetteer is accompanied by a set of eight maps which graphically distinguish vacant, residential and leased properties as well as city facilities.  The Gazetteer and accompanying maps are available online on our Publications page, located HERE

The Process
The Charter requires that the Citywide Statement of Needs identify by agency and program all new facilities the city plans to site and all existing facilities the city plans to close or to expand or reduce significantly in size during the next two fiscal years. Significant expansions and reductions are defined as the addition or discontinuance of the use of real property which would expand or reduce the size or capacity of a facility by 25 percent or more.

The Statement is submitted for review to the City Council, the Borough Presidents, borough boards and community boards. Within 90 days, the boards and the Borough Presidents may submit written comments to the Department of City Planning. During the same 90-day period, the Borough Presidents may propose locations for any new city facilities to be located in their boroughs if the locations are consistent with the Criteria for the Location of City Facilities and with the specific siting criteria in the Statement of Needs. Any proposal subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) which is not included in the Statement must be submitted to the affected Borough President for a 30-day review period before a ULURP application may be certified.

Contents of the Statement of Needs
The Citywide Statement of Needs contains proposals to establish, replace, consolidate, expand or reduce city facilities in all five boroughs. To help elected officials and community boards identify the proposals likely to affect their boroughs or districts, the proposals are summarized, by borough and community district, in Part One of this report.

Part Two provides the following information, by agency, for each proposal.


The number and type of facilities to be newly established, replaced, consolidated, expanded or reduced.

Area Served:

Local/Neighborhood for facilities serving an area no larger than a community district or community service district; Regional for facilities serving two or more community districts or an entire borough; or Citywide for facilities serving the city as a whole.

Public Purpose:

The reasons for the proposed action and a description of the facility's program, services and, as appropriate, the approximate number of staff and people served.


The approximate lot area, building size or capacity of the proposed facility.


The borough and, if known, the community district of the site proposed for a new facility or substantial change of an existing facility. Exact locations for new facilities are indicated only when a particular site is under serious consideration.

Siting Criteria:

As applicable, the specific locational, access, building or site characteristics required or preferred in locating a new facility; or the criteria used for selecting facilities to be expanded, reduced or closed.

The needs identified in this Statement are constrained by realistic expectations of funding availability and implementation timetables. Nevertheless, some of the proposals included in the Statement may be eliminated or deferred beyond fiscal year 2016 because of funding limitations.

The actions proposed include anticipated property acquisitions or site selections funded in the city's capital budget, as well as leases or contracts that would newly establish or significantly expand a facility. The Statement contains proposals for which ULURP or Section 195 applications or contract approvals are anticipated during fiscal years 2015 and 2016, including proposals that appeared in last year's document but have since been modified. Proposals in last year's Statement which have not been modified are not repeated this year. Appendix A provides a summary of the status of those proposals.

Appendix B provides a list of new schools, both new construction and leased space, included in the Department of Education's proposed Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2014, adopted in June 2012, and its subsequent amendments.

Borough Presidents and community boards seeking further information about proposals in the Statement may contact the agency liaisons listed in Appendix C.

The Citywide Statement of Needs (SON) is now paperless and available for Free Download:

PDF Document Mayoral Memorandum
PDF Document Citywide Statement of Needs 2015 and 2016

View the PDF Document Citywide Statement of Needs for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015


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Selected Facilities and Program Sites
Pursuant to the 2010 amendments to the New York City Charter proposed by the New York City Charter Review Commission, Section § 204(d) (Citywide Statement of Needs) of the New York City Charter was amended to require that the map accompanying the annual Citywide Statement of Needs include the location of publically owned or contracted transportation and waste management facilities in the City. 

The Department of City Planning is fulfilling this requirement by augmenting its existing Selected Facilities database to include these transportation and waste management facilities, provided as geo-coded, mappable data points collected from numerous City and State agencies.  A link to the New York City Charter is available here.  The full Selected Facilities and Program Sites database is located on the Department’s BYTES of the Big Apple product page, located here.

Project background
City Planning adopted the Criteria for the Location of City Facilities (commonly known as the Fair Share Criteria) in 1991 as required by Charter Section 204.  The Selected Facilities and Program Sites database was created in 1995 with the primary purpose to assist in selecting sites for new or expanded facilities in accordance with the Criteria. The database currently includes educational, cultural/recreational, public safety and criminal justice, health care, and social services programs.  In 2010, Section § 204(d) of the City Charter was amended to require that DCP now include the locations of transportation and waste management facilities “operated by or for governmental entities or by private entities that provide comparable services.”  The types of non-city facilities to be identified are generally the state, federal, and private institutions that serve as the City’s counterparts in providing public services. 

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