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NEW YORK, NY – Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer and 26 other Manhattan elected officials– Members of Congress, State Senators, State Assembly Members, City Council Members– sent a letter to Carl Weisbrod, Chair of the City Planning Commission, calling for changes to the zoning text amendment which the de Blasio Administration has proposed to expand development in the City, including reforms to the city’s inclusionary housing policies.
A public scoping meeting is being held today on the “Zoning for Quality and Afforability” zoning text amendment at the City Planning Commission, before a final version is certified by the Department of City Planning and the official ULURP clock starts ticking.
While 100 percent supportive of the overall goal of increasing housing in the city, the officials write that, “We fear… that in the rush to solve the problem of housing supply we are both leaving behind the principle of sound neighborhood planning and forgoing an opportunity to fix the voluntary Inclusionary Housing program without truly gaining affordable units.” Read more…