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Special Regulations for Neighborhood Recovery

Special Regulations for Neighborhood Recovery
The Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery (HRO), the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Department of City Planning (DCP) are proposing a zoning text amendment to accelerate post-Hurricane Sandy recovery and enable flood-resilient building construction in certain waterfront neighborhoods throughout the flood zone in areas of the City (Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn) that have experienced a high concentration of damage and where thousands of properties are expected to be elevated or rebuilt to comply with flood-resistant construction standards and to protect property owners against higher flood insurance premiums. 

Transferable Development Rights

Transferable Development Rights
As outlined in the Mayor's Housing Plan, the Department of City Planning is embarking on a review of the role of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) mechanisms among the range of zoning and planning tools available in New York City. The process will include stakeholder engagement, examination of programs in other cities, and a comprehensive survey of existing programs in New York City.

Zoning for Quality and Affordability

Zoning for Quality and Affordability
The Housing New York: Zoning for Quality and Affordability Text Amendment proposes changes to zoning regulations to the rules that shape buildings, senior housing and parking requirements, among other housing-related regulations.

Stairwells Text Amendment for Non-residential Buildings

Stairwells Text Amendment for Non-residential Buildings
The Department of City Planning has worked closely with the Department of Buildings and the Fire Department to facilitate and make effective additional safety features for new high-rise non-residential buildings as part of New York City’s 2014 Construction Codes. These safety features will enhance public safety by providing additional exiting capacity for building occupants during emergency situations that require full building evacuation.

Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk

Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk
Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk is a comprehensive guide on retrofitting buildings for New Yorkers living in the floodplain. The report is designed to shed light on retrofitting strategies that will enable home and property owners to reduce the risk of damage and disruption from coastal flooding.

Resilient Neighborhoods

Resilient Neighborhoods
Working closely with communities, the Department will develop locally specific strategies, including zoning and land use changes, to support the vitality and resiliency of neighborhoods in the flood zone.

Climate Resilience

Climate Resilience
As a coastal city, New York City has always faced risks from severe storms and coastal flooding. Hurricane Sandy was as a stark reminder that these climate-related risks exist today. As recognized in Vision 2020, the City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, climate change and sea level rise will increase these risks in the future, and it is crucial that the city improve its resilience – the ability of its neighborhoods, buildings and infrastructure to withstand and recover quickly from weather-related events.

The Department of City Planning, in collaboration with other agencies, has undertaken a number of initiatives to build the city’s resilience. These studies are focused on identifying and implementing land use and zoning changes as well as other actions needed to support the short-term recovery and long-term vitality of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy and other areas at risk of coastal flooding.

Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Communities
The Department of City Planning is participating in an unprecedented, bi-state collaboration of cities, counties and regional planning organzations who have united  to form the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium.  The Consortium was awarded $3.5 million in funding in the inaugural year of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The consortium will undertake a combination of regionally and locally oriented initiatives to promote sustainable, transit-oriented development throughout the region. Initiatives DCP leads under the Sustainable Communities program include three studies: a coordinated neighborhood planning study in East New York, Brooklyn; an evaluation of  land use and transportation opportunities near Metro-North Stations in the Bronx; and several activities to advance citywide strategic planning efforts for building climate resilience.
Sidewalk Experience
Inner Ring Residential Parking Study examines the relationship among cost of providing parking, residents’ choices about vehicles, and zoning requirements for parking within neighborhoods in Upper Manhattan, the South Bronx, western Queens, and northern and central Brooklyn. Based on extensive analysis, it identifies several principles to guide parking policies and to inform future discussions about land use and parking in these neighborhoods.
Open Industrial Uses Study
Open Industrial Uses Study
The Department of City Planning is conducting a study of pollution prevention controls for industrial operations typically conducted in open yards. This Open Industrial Uses Study is an outgrowth of prior initiatives and is designed to support and grow the City’s working waterfront and industrial businesses, while making industrial areas greener, stronger, safer and more resilient to climate change.
Vision 2020: The NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan
Vision 2020: The NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan
Released on March 14, 2011, Vision 2020 is the culmination of a year-long, participatory planning process involving multiple agencies and organizations and input from New Yorkers in every borough. Building on the City's success in opening up to the public miles of shoreline that had been inaccessible for decades, and supporting expansion of the maritime industry, Vision 2020 sets the stage for expanded use of our waterfront for parks, housing and economic development, and our waterways for transportation, recreation and natural habitats. The 10-year plan lays out a vision for the future with new citywide policies and site-specific recommendations.
Sidewalk Experience
Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience
Released on June 24th 2013, the Department of City Planning builds on the Active Design Guidelines ( by presenting the two-part publication Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience and its supplement, Shaping the Sidewalk Experience: Tools and Resources,a study focused on the critical public space network –sidewalks. By prioritizing the infrastructure that enhances a neighborhood’s walkability, designers and policy makers can enable and encourage people to be more physically active in their daily routines—and to in turn be healthier in their lifestyle decisions. Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience presents the conceptual framework of the “sidewalk room” to grapple with the complexities of the policies, players, and physical form of shaping the pedestrians experience within this space, and attempts to empower a broader list of people to share the responsibility of contributing to successful sidewalks.
Public Space Design
Public Space Design
For all of these initiatives, City Planning has established design standards to ensure that open spaces around the city are inviting, accessible, vibrant and safe.
Green Initiatives
Green Initiatives
Ensuring that the city has adquate green spaces is critical to creating a livable, sustainable city with a healthy environment and an improved quality of life.
Earlier Rezonings**:

** Earlier rezonings are no longer being updated. They are presented for reference purposes. Approved proposals are described as originally proposed by the Department of City Planning. Any modifications of the proposals by the City Planning Commission or the City Council are summarized under Public Review, where viewers may link to the CPC report and, in some instances, to the final enacted zoning text.

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