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.
According to residents, developers are not waiting for the city’s study or the possible city-sponsored rezoning and are avoiding the community by going through spot rezonings.
Advocates from Buffalo to Brownsville and the LES to LA are voicing concerns about displacement. One local group has compiled a menu of policies to fight it.
There will be new tabs added to this tracker before the mayor is done, but it’s not easy to say how many.
While the Long Island City rezoning study has been moving slowly, there have been controversial developments both west and east of the study area.
The De Blasio administration has expanded partnerships with unions and amped up construction safety requirements, but advocates say the city could go farther to ensure low income residents access real careers in the industry.
Rent-stabilized tenants made a lot of policy wins last year, but advocates say there’s still more the state and city could do to fight rent overcharges in rent-stabilized apartments.
Councilmember Francisco Moya, the new chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises, says his land use priorities are rooted in his Queens upbringing.
Rafael Salamanca, Jr., is one of the most junior members of the New York City Council but has secured one of the most powerful posts on the body: head of the Land-Use Committee that will oversee consideration of Mayor de Blasio’s neighborhood rezonings.
A report, produced by over 40 organizations, elaborates on critiques of the de Blasio administration’s neighborhood rezoning efforts and proposes a set of citywide reforms.