In formal opinions published today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer gave her conditional approval to the Department of City Planning’s proposed Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) plan, and recommended conditional disapproval of the Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA) proposal. The Borough President’s positive recommendation on the MIH plan came as a result of her office securing administration officials’ agreement to make several major improvements.
Borough President Brewer issued the following statement:
“Since I became Borough President, I’ve called for two things.
“First, I want affordable housing to be part of every new residential development in Manhattan, especially when special permits are involved.
“Second, I’ve called for major revisions to the city’s flawed opt-in affordable housing programs. These programs award more density to developers for building affordable housing, but have produced too little in exchange for too much. They also cover much more territory in Manhattan than either of the city’s planned neighborhood rezonings under the MIH program…” Read her complete statement.
Text of the Borough President’s recommendations and related documents will be made available today.