Four-and-a-half years into the de Blasio administration, the city is about four-and-a-half rezonings into the 15 or so the mayor in 2015 indicated he was interested in pursuing. East New York, Downtown Far Rockway, East Harlem and Jerome Avenue have been rezoned, and Inwood’s proposed rezoning is approaching a final vote.
Central to all the rezoning discussions has been the question of what would be in play besides merely redrawing the lines that tell developers what they can build—what transit improvements, education investments, open-space plans, job-development efforts and other tools would be applied to each neighborhood.
That broader view followed logically from the administration’s commitment to do more comprehensive planning, and not just zoning, for which it has received mixed marks.
It also responded to the demands of communities who were nervous about the impact of new development, and who would benefit from it.
On Friday the administration unveiled an online “NYC Rezonings Commitment Tracker” listing the four rezoned residential neighborhoods and the Greater East Midtown rezoning. The clickable map gives some details on where commitments stand.
With the bulk of de Blasio’s second term ahead, the administration is teeing up a Gowanus rezoning likely to undergo public review beginning in the fall. Discussions continue in Bushwick. It’s unclear where the potential Bay Street, Long Island City or Chinatown plans stand and the conversation is in early stages around Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.
In other words, there will be new tabs added to this tracker before the mayor is done, but it’s not easy to say how many.