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City Planning to Answer Frequently Asked Questions about City of Yes for Economic Opportunity

City Planning to Answer Frequently Asked Questions about City of Yes for Economic Opportunity at Online Public Event

Community Leaders Will Pose Questions Based on Community Feedback about City of Yes Proposal

Event Comes as the Zoning Initiative is Being Considered by Community Boards, Borough Boards, and Borough Presidents

NEW YORK – Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Dan Garodnick today announced that the agency will host a virtual online information session to answer frequently asked questions about the City of Yes for Economic Opportunity proposal. To be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 11:00 am via Zoom, the event will offer a venue for community leaders to ask DCP questions that have been raised during the public review of the proposal. RSVP here.

City of Yes for Economic Opportunity, the second of Mayor Adams’s three City of Yes zoning initiatives, would support small businesses and entrepreneurs, revitalize commercial corridors, boost growing industries, and bolster the city’s industrial sector. DCP held five info sessions before the start of public review and has made over 100 presentations to community and borough boards since the formal public review process began on October 30.

Tuesday’s event aims to provide a convenient online forum for interested New Yorkers from across the city to get answers to the most commonly heard questions from these meetings and dispel any misconceptions or unanswered questions about the proposal. Community leaders representing a diverse array of neighborhoods and stakeholders will bring questions for DCP: Kevin Guscott, a small business owner and Special Projects Manager for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Rafael Espinal, Executive Director of the Freelancers Union; and Laura Rothrock, President of Long Island City Partnership. A recording and transcript of the event will be available online after it concludes.

The event comes during community boards’, borough boards’, and borough presidents’ formal review period on the proposal, which includes 18 proposed changes to the city’s zoning regulations. 4 community boards have already voted in support of the proposal, while 4 have voted to disapprove. On January 24, the City Planning Commission (CPC) will hold a public hearing, followed by a vote in the spring; if the CPC votes to approve the initiative, the City Council will hold a hearing and vote to approve, modify, or disapprove the proposal.

City of Yes for Economic Opportunity is the second of three City of Yes initiatives to update New York City’s zoning for a more sustainable, prosperous, and affordable city. The first, City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality, was adopted by the City Council in December, lifting barriers to clean energy and sustainability efforts like building retrofits, solar panels, electric vehicle charging, and more. The third, City of Yes for Housing Opportunity, aims to build a little more housing in every neighborhood. It is currently undergoing environmental review and will begin formal public review in the spring.

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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.