Information on “City of Yes” Initiative

The Mayor has a City of Yes initiative. The initiative will seek to modernize and rationalize 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. Here are the details on those text amendments:

  • Zoning for Carbon Neutrality aims to modernize the zoning regulations in support of the City’s 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 stormwater.
  • Zoning for Economic Opportunity is focused on providing small businesses with the flexibility needed to for them to change and grow, especially as the city recovers from COVID-19. The proposals would remove unnecessary and outdated limitations on small businesses and ensure that our storefronts are occupied, and our neighborhoods remain lively spaces.
  • Zoning for Housing Opportunity is a direct response to our City’s housing crisis. This seeks to ensure that every neighborhood does its part to help meet housing needs and provide equitable access to housing for all New Yorkers.

To learn more about City of Yes, visit DCP’s website here.

Flyers describing the proposals are directly available here.

You can watch footage from the first City of Yes Public Information Session here. You can also watch footage from the second City of Yes Public Information Session here. And you can view footage from the March 20th, 2023 City of Yes Public Information Session here.

CB6 also passed a resolution at its February 8, 2023 Full Board meeting on the proposed Text Amendments. You can find that resolution here.

There will be an information session on the the City of Yes proposals on March 28th. You can register for the March 28th session here. The session will go from 7-9pm. The session will focus on the Zoning for Carbon Neutrality text amendment, the first of the text amendments expected to begin the formal public review period.