NYC Land Use Bulletin- City Planning Begins Public Review for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Two Major Zoning Initiatives



On Monday, September 21, 2015, the City Planning Commission kicked off the formal public review process for three major City Planning zoning initiatives designed to advance the Mayor’s Housing New York Plan to produce and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next 10 years.

Two of these initiatives are citywide text amendments — for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA).  The third is the East New York Rezoning which is the first of about a dozen neighborhoods under study for rezoning and infrastructure investments.

Read City Planning’s press release for the text amendments here: City Planning Begins Public Review for Two Major Zoning Text Changes Related to Housing New York

Capalino has insight on these initiatives and advises our clients on the implications for existing and proposed projects. For further information, please contact our team: Richard Barth, Senior Advisor for Land Use + Housing Strategies, at, or Claire Altman, Director of Affordable + Supportive Housing Development Services, at

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)

The new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program represents a significant departure from the current inclusionary housing program, which incentivizes affordable housing by offering floor area bonuses. This new mandatory program is intended to work together with City housing subsidies, the ZQA text amendment, and new rules for 421a tax abatements.

The key components of the new mandatory program include:


Affordability Options – Affordable Units to be permanently affordable

Location of Affordable Units

Other Rules

Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA)

This citywide text amendment is a set of targeted zoning changes to support the creation of affordable and senior housing throughout the city and to promote better quality residential buildings.  For a summary of the proposal, read our previous Land Use Bulletin: City Planning Releases Draft Zoning Text for Zoning for Quality and Affordability

The three categories of the proposal include:

The Notice of Completion for the draft EIS for these changes, which includes a detailed description of the changes, can be found at

East New York Rezoning

As part of the Mayor’s housing plan, the City committed to advancing comprehensive neighborhood plans to promote new residential development with significant amounts of permanently affordable housing coupled with infrastructure and other investments to serve the neighborhoods.

The East New York rezoning, which covers approximately 190 blocks, is the first neighborhood rezoning to be certified for public review.

This rezoning incorporates the new MIH provisions, and calls for zoning changes along Atlantic Avenue to facilitate 12- to 14-story residential buildings, and increased densities along Pitkein and Liberty avenues, and Fulton Street.

The draft EIS Notice of Completion, which contains a detailed description of the plan,  can be found here:

Public Review Process + Next Steps

The Public Review Process for all three initiatives started September 21, 2015.

After review by the Community Boards, Borough Presidents and Borough Boards, the City Planning Commission will likely begin its public hearing review process as follows:


Where can I get more information?

Visit Department of City Planning’s website here:

These three zoning proposals will greatly influence the shape of the city and development in the years ahead. Capalino will continue to monitor these proposals and update you on how these changes may affect your developments and projects.

Please contact our team of experts for more details and further information.

Claire AltmanClaire-Altman

Executive Vice President of Affordable Housing + Community Development 

About Claire


Richard BarthRichard-Barth

Executive Vice President of Housing + Real Estate Strategies

About Richard


Christopher CollinsChris Collins

Executive Vice President of the Land Use Planning + Zoning Group

About Chris


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