The Citywide Statement of Needs for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 (SON) as compiled by the Department of City Planning (DCP). It is one of many annual reports required under Section 204 of the City Charter.
This document is an important tool for aligning some of the Administration’s priorities – reducing inequalities, providing affordable housing, leveraging investments in neighborhood infrastructure and services – with agency capital projects and siting decisions that address community needs. Along with the Criteria for the Location of City Facilities (the Fair Share Criteria), also available on the Department’s website, the SON is part of a planning process in which communities are informed at the earliest possible stage of the City's needs for facilities and the specific criteria for selecting the locations of those facilities.
The document is submitted for review to the City Council, the borough presidents, borough boards, and community boards. Within 90 days, the boards and the borough presidents may submit written comments to DCP, which subsequently shares these perspectives with the relevant city agencies, and also uses them to inform other relevant planning processes. During the same 90-day period, the borough presidents may propose locations for any new city facilities if the locations are consistent with the Criteria for the Location of City Facilities and with the specific siting criteria in the Statement of Needs.
Comments and proposed locations for these facilities may be submitted to the Director of the Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10271, or at SON_DL@planning.nyc.gov, within 90 days of receipt of the Statement of Needs.
As part of a continuing program to provide the necessary tools for informed public participation in the process for the siting of city facilities, DCP also maintains the Facilities Database which contains over 36,000 city, state, federal and non-profit health, social service, public safety, educational, recreational, transportation and waste management facilities. This dataset is complemented with an interactive web map, the NYC Facilities Explorer. More information and a direct data download is also available on the Department’s website under BYTES of the BIG APPLE.
The newly redesigned Zoning and Land Use Application (ZoLa) is another user-friendly interactive web map that can provide additional information to support informed public participation in this process. More information on this resource can be found on the Department’s website under Maps & Geography.
The SON contains proposals to establish, replace, consolidate, expand or reduce or close City facilities in all five boroughs during the next two fiscal years. Significant expansions and reductions are defined as the addition or discontinuance of the use of real property which would expand or reduce the size or capacity of a facility by 25 percent or more. The SON also contains information about the status of projects in earlier SONs, as well as list of proposed new schools. Please refer to the SON’s Introduction for more information about its contents and structure.
The needs identified in the SON are constrained by realistic expectations of funding availability and implementation timetables.