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For Immediate Release
November 27, 2023

Casey Berkovitz, Joe Marvilli – (212) 720-3471

City Planning Begins Public Review of Zoning Change to Facilitate State-Licensed Gaming Facilities

Citywide Proposal Would Allow Gaming Facilities in Certain Commercial and Manufacturing Districts Only if Licensed by State Gaming Commission

Zoning Text Amendment Will Now Head to Community Boards, Borough Presidents for Recommendations, followed by Planning Commission and City Council

NEW YORK – New York City Planning Commission (CPC) Chair Dan Garodnick today began the public review process for a zoning text amendment that would clarify where up to three gaming facilities can locate in New York, and link city approvals to the robust state-level licensing process. The zoning change would allow gaming facilities licensed by the New York State Gaming Commission and chosen through a State-defined siting process in certain commercial and manufacturing districts. 

The start of public review on the text amendment comes as the State of New York requests applications for up to three new gaming facility licenses in the downstate region. However, because gaming facilities are not currently permitted under the New York City Zoning Resolution, applicants within the city are at a disadvantage to other downstate applicants – potentially depriving New Yorkers of jobs and economic benefits.  

“As the state considers proposals for casinos downstate, it's important that we create a level playing field for applicants within New York City so they can compete for this opportunity,” said Dan Garodnick, CPC Chair and Director of the Department of City Planning. “This text amendment would avoid duplicating the state's rigorous licensing process, which includes local representation on the CAC, while setting up a rational framework for consideration within our zoning.” 

This text amendment, if adopted, would allow gaming facilities in commercial districts C4, C5, C6, C7, and C8 and manufacturing districts M1, M2, and M3 if operating under a state gaming license authorized by legislation enacted by the state in 2022. The full zoning text amendment can be read here

Map of districts covered by the proposal.
Map of districts covered by the proposal. See a larger map here.

The State Gaming Facility Location Board’s review process begins with a local Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for each application, made up of representatives from the Governor, Mayor, and local State Assemblymember, State Senator, Borough President, and City Councilmember; applications with two-thirds support from a vote of their CAC and with local zoning approval will then be reviewed by the State Gaming Facility Location Board and State Gaming Commission for final selection and licensing.

A citywide zoning text amendment allows the City of New York to consider the regulation of gaming facilities through zoning without duplicating the public input of the State CAC process, and without considering unique ULURP applications from each gaming facility applicant before the State’s process can begin. Some gaming facility applicants may require other proposal-specific approvals, which are not a part of this text amendment. The text amendment will now be referred for review and recommendation by community boards and borough presidents whose jurisdictions include the applicable zoning districts, before returning to the City Planning Commission for a hearing and vote, and if passed, the City Council.

Department of City Planning
The Department of City Planning (DCP) plans for the strategic growth and development of the City through ground-up planning with communities, the development of land use policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide, and its contribution to the preparation of the City’s 10-year Capital Strategy. DCP promotes housing production and affordability, fosters economic development and coordinated investments in infrastructure and services, and supports resilient, sustainable communities across the five boroughs for a more equitable New York City.

In addition, DCP supports the City Planning Commission in its annual review of approximately 450 land use applications for a variety of discretionary approvals. The Department also assists both government agencies and the public by advising on strategic and capital planning and providing policy analysis, technical assistance and data relating to housing, transportation, community facilities, demography, zoning, urban design, waterfront areas and public open space.