197-a Working Group

In February 2019, a 197-a Working Group was established to discuss the possibility of a new 197-a plan for Community District 6.

Under Section 197-a of the New York City Charter, community boards may propose plans for the development, growth, and improvement of land within their districts. The plans are reviewed in accordance with standards and rules of procedure for 197-a plans which were developed and adopted by the City Planning Commission. Once approved by the Commission and adopted by the City Council, as submitted or modified, 197-a plans serve as policy guides for subsequent actions by city agencies.

197-a Plan for the Easter Section of Community District 6 (2008)

In January 2008, the City Planning Commission approved with modifications the 197-a plan submitted by Manhattan Community Board 6. In March 2008 the City Council adopted the plan as modified by the City Planning Commission. Click here to view the adopted plan. Click here to view the plan as submitted as by CB6. Click here to view a report summarizing the City Council’s modifications to the Plan. Click here to view a presentation made by CB6 to the City Planning Commission  in December 2007.

197-a Plan for Stuyvesant Cove

In May of 1995, CB6 submitted a 197-a plan regarding  Stuyvesant Cove. This plan was modified and adopted by the City Planning commission and City Council in 1997. Click here to view that plan.

Once a 197-a plan is adopted, community boards work with city agencies to ensure that 197-a plan goals are met. If rezonings are recommended in the plan, the sponsor may encourage the Department of City Planning to initiate a zoning map change application (under Section 197-c of the City Charter). CB6 drafted a zoning proposal for the Consolidated Edison properties on First Avenue between 35th and 41st Streets. Click here to view that proposal.

The Department of City Planning created a technical guide in 2002 to help community boards to help them meet the “threshold standards for form and
content” in a 197-a plan. You can find that guide here.

Working Group Members
Sandra McKee, Acting Chair
Jim Collins
Kavitha Mathew
Wells Megalli
Lou Sepersky
Sandro Sherrod
Letty Simon
Carin van der Donk