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Information on “City of Yes” Initiative

The Mayor’s City of Yes initiative seeks to amend zoning rules to help the City recover more quickly from the pandemic, to create a greener city, to support small business growth, and to incentivize the creation of housing, at all levels, in all New York City neighborhoods. There are three proposed zoning text amendments that would be part of this initiative:

Zoning for Carbon Neutrality aims to modernize the zoning regulations in support of the City‚Äôs climate goals. The changes would focus on supporting a renewable energy grid, making our buildings clean and efficient, support for electric vehicle charging and micro-mobility options, and reducing waste and storm water. The text amendment was passed by the City Council on December 6, 2023.

Zoning for Economic Opportunity is focused on providing small businesses with the flexibility needed for them to change and grow, especially as the city recovers from the pandemic. The proposals would remove certain limitations on small businesses and ensure that our storefronts are occupied, and our neighborhoods remain lively spaces. There was a public hearing at the November 27th Land Use & Waterfront Committee meeting and it was discussed at our December 19th Land Use & Waterfront Committee meeting. A resolution regarding this text amendment passed at our December 19, 2023 meeting as well as our January 10, 2024 Full Board meeting. You can find our resolution here.

Zoning for Housing Opportunity is a direct response to our City‚Äôs housing crisis. This text amendment will modernize our zoning rules to allow for a little more housing in every neighborhood, improving housing availability and affordability. There was public information session on Zoning for Housing Opportunity held remotely on Zoom on Tuesday, September 27th; you can find the video of the public information session here. The formal public review process for this text amendment is expected to start in Spring 2024. Additionally, there are several information sessions on Zoning for Housing Opportunity; you can find the dates and times of those information sessions on the NYC Department of City Planning’s website.

To learn more about City of Yes, visit the Department of City Planning’s website here. Flyers describing the proposals are directly available here.