Land Use & Zoning

One of the central responsibilities of the Manhattan Borough President’s office is its charter-mandated role in the City’s land-use process. The City Charter requires the Borough President to have a planning office to plan for the growth, improvement, and development of the borough and to review and make recommendations on applications and proposals for the use and development of land.

In the ULURP process, the Borough President’s recommendation comes after the Community Board and before final approval by the City Planning Commission and the City Council. This gives the Borough President the opportunity to review the land use and environmental impacts of projects in light of community concerns and work to mediate between developers and communities if those concerns conflict.