City Planning Commission Reports

City Planning Commission (CPC) Reports are the official records of actions taken by the CPC. The reports reflect the determinations of the Commission with respect to land use applications, including those subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and others such as zoning text amendments and 197-a community-based plans. It is important to note, however, that the reports do not necessarily reflect a final determination. Certain applications are subject to mandatory review by the City Council and others to City Council "call-up". 

The City Council automatically reviews:

  • zoning map changes;
  • zoning text changes;
  • housing and urban renewal plans;
  • disposition of residential buildings, except to non-profit companies for low-income housing; and
  • Section 197-a community-based land use plans.

The City Council may elect to review the following by voting to take jurisdiction within 20 days after the CPC files its report. If the City Council does not assume jurisdiction of these items, the action of the CPC is final:

  • City Map changes;
  • zoning special permits;
  • revocable consents, franchise RFP’s, and major concessions;
  • disposition of commercial or vacant property;
  • disposition of residential buildings to nonprofit companies for low-income housing; and
  • site selection and acquisition of real property.

When the City Council reviews an application previously approved by the CPC, it may approve, disapprove, or modify the CPC approval. The provisions of any City Council modification are set forth in the City Council’s own Resolution. Note that in virtually all cases, CPC disapproval of an action constitutes final action.

The CPC Reports may refer to recommendations made to the CPC by Community Boards and Borough Presidents during the course of the ULURP process. Copies of these recommendations may be obtained from the Department of City Planning’s Calendar Information Office [(212) 720-3370].

The CPC Reports include approvals of amendments to the Zoning Resolution. For the full text of the Zoning Resolution, including Zoning Maps, please visit the Department of City Planning's Zoning Information.