New York City is working to create a permanent, streamlined Open Restaurants program. As part of this program, the Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation propose a zoning text amendment to remove geographic restrictions on where sidewalk cafes can be located within NYC. Learn more about the Permanent Open Restaurants Text Amendment - Adopted 2/24/22
The Department of City Planning is proposing to update and expand the FRESH food stores program, which supports convenient, accessible grocery stores in underserved neighborhoods. The update would bring the FRESH program to more communities across the city, among other changes to ensure FRESH stores are evenly distributed and financially viable. Learn more about the FRESH Food Stores Update - Adopted 12/15/21
Gyms, martial arts studios, licensed massage therapy, and many other health-related businesses require special permits from the Board of Standards and Appeals to open in most parts of New York City. The Department of City Planning is proposing new rules to ease these restrictions, cutting red tape for small businesses and providing valuable health amenities to all New York City communities. Learn more about the Health and Fitness Text Amendment - Adopted 12/9/21.
Zoning for Accessibility (ZFA) seeks to make our transit system more accessible, more quickly and better coordinated with the streets and buildings around it. Through ZFA, developers would work with the MTA to set aside space where needed for station elevators. It would expand incentives for developers to build elevators and related station upgrades in new, high-density buildings. Learn more about Elevate Transit: Zoning for Accessibility - Adopted 10/7/21.
Since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Department of City Planning worked with stakeholders across New York City’s floodplain to develop zoning strategies that help promote resilient buildings and neighborhoods and reduce flood risk in the city’s most vulnerable areas. Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency improves upon and makes permanent existing zoning rules that were adopted on an emergency, temporary basis after Sandy. Learn more about Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency. Adopted 05/12/21.
The Unenclosed Spaces report looks generally at the uses of “unenclosed spaces,” such as balconies, arcades, stilts and more, in medium- and high-density districts in New York City. The report provides examples of these types of spaces and discusses how they are regulated.
The Department of City Planning (DCP) proposes a zoning text amendment for residential buildings in Special Purpose Districts within central business districts (CBDs). The proposed zoning text follows the previously adopted citywide Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment. Central Business Districts: Residental Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment
The Department of City Planning proposes a city-wide Zoning Text Amendment for residential buildings in high-density districts to discourage the use of excessively tall mechanical floors that elevate upper-story residential units above the surrounding context. Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment. Adopted 5/29/19
As New York City’s population and employment numbers hit record highs, competition for scarce buildable land is growing especially strong. Light Manufacturing zoning districts present some of the city’s last reservoirs of buildable land, but in the last decade, there has been rapid increase in hotels in these areas. This is due to a combination of rapid growth in tourism in the city and the current zoning framework, which in M1 districts offers hotels a competitive advantage over most other permitted uses. Accordingly, the NYC Department of City Planning proposes a zoning text amendment to require a CPC Special Permit for new hotels within M1 districts, to achieve of a balanced mix of uses and jobs in neighborhoods and ensure that sufficient opportunities to support industrial, commercial, residential and institutional growth remain. Learn more about the M1 Hotel Text Amendment. Adopted 12/20/18
In November 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced a 10-point Industrial Action Plan, which aims to strengthen NYC’s most active industrial areas, invest in industrial and manufacturing businesses, and advance workforce development opportunities for New Yorkers. In this context, self-storage facilities are seen as a low job-generating use that occupies sites, which could provide future siting opportunities for industrial, more job-intensive businesses.As a result, the NYC Department of City Planning proposes a zoning text amendment to impose appropriate restrictions on new self-storage facilities within NYC’s most active industrial areas. Learn more about the Self-storage Text Amendment. Adopted 12/19/17
PLACES Neighborhood Planning Studies are comprehensive studies that examine and address key land use and zoning issues in a variety of neighborhoods, but also take a broader look at current and future community needs to identify a wide range of strategies and investments that accompany the land use and zoning changes and support neighborhood-specific growth and vitality. Learn more about PLACES Neighborhood Planning Studies.
DCP, in collaboration with other agencies, has undertaken a number of initiatives to build the city’s resilience. These studies are focused on land use and zoning changes as well as other actions needed to support the short-term recovery and long-term vitality of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy and other areas at risk of coastal flooding. Learn more about Climate Resiliency.
POPS (Privately Owned Public Spaces) are provided and maintained by building owners for public use, in exchange for additional floor area in their buildings. In 2019, the City Council adopted an amendment to POPS regulations, including requirements for signage with a new logo and the allowance of movable tables and chairs in older spaces where it was not previously permitted. Learn more about Privately Owned Public Space (POPS).
|Projects with Approved Zoning||Adopted Date|
|Special Regulations for Neighborhood Recovery||07/23/2015|
|Stairwells Text Amendment for Non-residential Buildings||04/28/2015|
|Flood Resilience Zoning||10/09/2013|
|Key Terms Clarification||02/02/2011|
|Residential Streetscape Preservation||04/14/2010|
|FRESH Food Stores||12/09/2009|
|Inclusionary Housing Program||07/29/2009|
|Waterfront Design Guidelines||04/22/2009|
|Zoning for Bicycle Parking||04/22/2009|
|Street Tree Planting||04/30/2008|
|Commercial and Community Facility Parking Lot||11/28/2007|
|Special Natural Area District||02/02/2005|
|Community Facilities Zoning||09/09/2004|
|Staten Island/Bronx Special Districts Update (Withdrawn)|
The 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Plan identifies and assesses risks from natural and man-made disasters and defines strategies to reduce their impacts. In order to maintain eligibility for FEMA hazard mitigation funding, local and state jurisdictions are required to update their Plan every five years. The updated Plan will leverage new research and lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, present additional detail on future climate hazards and other anticipated changes such as population growth and future development, and be expanded to include man-made hazards. The goal of the HMP is to make New York City a safer, more resilient city by presenting a blueprint for mitigating risks to human life, public health and safety, infrastructure and property posed by natural disasters and man-made hazards.
The draft HMP was submitted for review and approval by New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES) and FEMA.
New York City Issues Executive Order To Facilitate Flood-Resilient Construction
|Presentation by City Planning Director of Sustainability Howard Slatkin to City Planning Commission
File contains Commission Audio with Accompanying Slides, followed by full video of Commission discussion. Learn more.
|Going to Market: New York City’s Neighborhood Grocery Store and Supermarket Shortage|
|Residential Parking Study: Automobile Ownership Rates and Off-Street Parking Requirements in Portions of New York City: Manhattan CDs 9-12, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn|
|Mobility Initiatives For An Aging Population: A Scan of Current Practices (2011)|
|Parking Best Practices (2011)|
|Peripheral Travel Study (2010)|
|Bike & Ride: Bicycle Access and Parking for Subway and Commuter Rail Users (2009)|
|Bike-Share Opportunities in New York City (2009)|
|Bike Facilities Profile - 2001 to 2008 (2009)|
|Inventory of Decking Opportunities Over Transportation Properties (2008)|
|World Cities Best Practices - Innovations in Transportation (2008)|
|New York City Pedestrian Level of Service Study - Phase I (2006)|
|New York City Bicycle Survey (2007)|
|New York City Bicycle Lane and Trail Inventory (2007)|
|The State of Cycling in New York City (2006)|
|Bicycle Lane and Trail, Phase II (2001)|
|Bicycle Lane and Trail, Phase I (2000)|
|Bicycle Parking Needs (1999)|
|Making Streets Safe for Cycling (1999)|
|A Greenway Plan for New York City (1993)|