New York Mayor Proposes Zoning Amendments to Boost Housing Supply

After Governor Hochul’s statewide housing plan collapsed during budget talks, the city will weigh a series of zoning changes that could increase housing production and remove barriers to sustainability retrofits.

1 minute read

April 26, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

New York’s City Planning Commission will begin weighing three zoning amendments proposed by Mayor Eric Adams that would lower barriers for development, encourage more housing production, and help the city achieve its climate goals.

According to a Politico article by Janaki Chadha and Danielle Muoio Dunn, “The Adams administration is seeking to remove zoning barriers that inhibit the city’s carbon reduction goals, via a raft of changes that would, among other things, make it easier to pursue environmentally-friendly retrofits to buildings and legalize solar canopies on more than 8,500 acres of parking lots.”

Last week, opposition from largely suburban state lawmakers led to the collapse of Governor Kathy Hochul’s ambitious and controversial proposal to expand housing options and build 800,000 new housing units in New York State in the next decade.

As the article explains, the amendments will make their way through public review throughout the coming year. “The second zoning amendment, which is expected to enter public review this fall, seeks to lift arcane and outdated zoning rules that can be onerous to businesses and limit economic growth. And the third proposal, slated to move into public review next spring, would offer a density-bonus for affordable housing and make other changes to boost residential development around the city.”

Monday, April 24, 2023 in Politico

Red on white 'Room for Rent, Inquire Inside' sign

In Most U.S. Cities, Archaic Laws Limit Roommate Living

Critics argue laws preventing unrelated adults from living in the same home fail to understand the modern American household.

May 24, 2023 - The Atlantic

Vancouver Chuck Wolfe

Ten Signs of a Resurgent Downtown

In GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe continues his exploration of a holistic and practical approach to post-pandemic urban center recovery, anchored in local context and community-driven initiatives that promote livability, safety, and sustainability.

May 24, 2023 - GeekWire

New York MTA subway station

Off-Peak is the New On-Peak

Public transit systems in major U.S. cities are starting to focus on non-rush hour travelers as pre-pandemic commuting patterns shift and transportation needs change.

May 19, 2023 - Curbed

Nighttime view of Tacoma, Washington skyline

Tacoma Coalition Calls for ‘Tenants’ Bill of Rights’

The group wants to put more power in the hands of tenants, but the city has its own, competing proposal for addressing the housing crisis.

May 26 - The Urbanist

Wind turbines sillhouetted against a sunset sky along roadway in New Mexico

New Power Transmission Line Approved in the Southwest

The proposed transmission line will transfer wind-produced power from New Mexico to cities in Arizona and California.

May 26 - U.S. News And World Report

Aerial view of 238 freeway in Oakland, California cutting through neighborhood with small houses

The Limitations of ‘Reconnecting Communities’

The Biden administration has pledged to correct the damage imposed on communities by highways and infrastructure, but many projects are only committing to minor improvements, not transformative changes.

May 26 - The New York Times

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.