Community groups have been pressing the de Blasio administration to initiate a rezoning of both Chinatown and the Lower East Side based on their vision. In September 2016, the de Blasio administration announced it would launch a planning process that could lead to a rezoning of just Chinatown.



De Blasio’s Sixth Year in Office Could Feature Three Neighborhood Rezonings

The mayor in 2015 set a goal of rezoning up to 15 neighborhoods in a drive to create more density and more affordable housing. Five rezonings have passed and at least three are likely to move forward in 2019.

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Fight Over Land-Use Powers in Council’s Two Bridges Lawsuit

The suit by the City Council and Manhattan Borough President is one of three possible cases involving the proposed skyscrapers.

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Planning Commission OKs Two Bridges Development Plan

But three members voted no, voicing objections over the plan and the process.

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Foes of Two Bridges Towers Implore Planning Board to Reject Proposal

As elected officials, community advocates and residents raised questions about the lack of ULURP for the proposed towers, Community Planning Commission members voiced doubts about the accuracy of the city’s environmental reviews.

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