NYC Land Use Bulletin- City Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Major Zoning Initiatives For Affordable Housing



The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 16 to discuss two citywide zoning amendments: the Department of City Planning’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). These two initiatives are part of the Mayor’s Housing New York plan to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing for a range of New Yorkers.

When: Wednesday, December 16 at 9:00AM
Where: Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green at Broadway, New York, NY 10274

Those wishing to testify on the proposals can sign up the day of the public hearing.

Capalino has written extensively on both initiatives. For a summary of the key provisions, read our blog post City Planning Begins Public Review for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Two Major Zoning Initiatives.

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)

MIH would make mandatory inclusionary housing applicable for development in areas to be rezoned in the future, and in conjunction with private land use applications for zoning changes and certain other discretionary special permit applications. The program is designed to work with new 421a rules adopted earlier this year, and with the proposed ZQA text amendment.

For complete information, visit DCP’s website: Mandatory Inclusionary Housing 

Housing NY- Mandatory Inclusionaring Zoning

Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA)

ZQA is a citywide text amendment that consists of 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.  The three categories in the proposal include: changes to make it easier to provide the range of affordable senior housing and senior and long-term care facilities; facilitating inclusionary housing buildings that provide mixed-income housing by adjusting heights and other rules; and reduced parking requirements for affordable and senior housing.

For complete information, visit DCP’s website: Zoning for Quality and Affordability

Housing NY- Zoning QA

Public Review Process + Next Steps

The formal public review process began on September 21 with a 60-day review period by the Community Boards, Borough Boards, and Borough Presidents.  A large number of concerns and issues have been raised during this process at all levels of the public review.

Those wishing to testify on the proposals can sign up the day of the public hearing.  The City Planning Commission has 60 days to consider the text amendments, followed by a 50-day review by the City Council.

We recommend reading A Message from HPD Commissioner Been (PDF)  from December 1 which cogently summarizes the proposals’ important goals for advancing affordable housing development in the City.

Helpful Links

Where can I get more information?

Please contact us with any questions regarding these proposals and how they may impact your projects.

Claire Altman


Director of Affordable & Supportive Housing Development Services 

About Claire

Richard BarthRichard-Barth

Senior Advisor for Land Use and Housing Strategies

About Richard

Christopher Collins

Chris Collins

Executive Vice President of the Land Use Planning + Zoning Group

About Chris

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