NYC Planning Commission Approves ‘City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality’

The first of three elements of the City of Yes rezoning proposal aims to remove barriers to building green infrastructure.

1 minute read

September 15, 2023, 5:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Solar panels with blurred twilight view of New York City skyline witrh Empire State Building in background

Delphotostock / Adobe Stock

The New York City Planning Commission (CPC) approved the first of Mayor Eric Adams’ ‘City of Yes’ rezoning proposals aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The proposal includes 17 citywide zoning changes that are designed to remove “barriers to greener energy, buildings, transportation, and water and waste systems,” reports Jessica Jones-Gorman on

In practice, the proposal, dubbed City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality, means “environmentally friendly retrofits for over 50,000 buildings and 1 million homes, the allocation of over 400 million square feet for electric vehicle charging, and the modernization of the city’s water, compost and recycling regulations -- all measures that CPC officials say are critical steps for New York City to reach its ambitious environmental goals.”

Some Staten Island officials have expressed concern about the proposal to allow energy storage infrastructure in residential areas. “The physical design of these facilities we have seen during the process, and the uncertain nature of the safety of them creates a whole host of issues that clearly is inconsistent with residential character and use,” said CPC Commissioner Alfred Cerullo. “The borough president noted that Staten Island elected officials have stated publicly that the current approach will decrease the quality of life for many families, potentially increase safety issues for both residents and firefighters, and diminish property values.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 in

Chicago Intercity Rail

Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects

Thanks to federal funding from the 2021 infrastructure act, the agency plans to triple its investment in infrastructure improvements and new routes in the next two years.

September 25, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Google maps street view of San Francisco alleyway.

Ending Downtown San Francisco’s ‘Doom Loop’

A new public space project offers an ambitious vision—so why is the city implementing it at such a small scale?

September 26, 2023 - Fast Company

Google street view of yellow "End Freeway 1/4 mile" sign on 90 freeway in Los Angeles, California.

Proposal Would Transform L.A.’s ‘Freeway to Nowhere’ Into Park, Housing

A never-completed freeway segment could see new life as a mixed-use development with housing, commercial space, and one of the county’s largest parks.

September 26, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Aerial view of coastal town of Santa Cruz, California.

Santa Cruz Transit Looks to Expand

A small transit agency in Northern California is making ambitious expansion plans.

3 hours ago - Human Transit

View of dirt trail between shrubs with downtown Los Angeles skyline in background.

Advancing Park Equity Through Needs Assessments

City Parks Alliance, in partnership with Prevention Institute, recently hosted a webinar about park equity and collaboration, focusing on the Los Angeles Countywide Parks Needs Assessment.

4 hours ago - City Parks Alliance

Wood-frame houses under construction.

California Impact Fees Reach Supreme Court

An upcoming ruling could have a major impact on building and development in California and around the country.

5 hours ago - San Francisco Chronicle

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.