The Manhattan Borough President’s urban planners work with each of Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards to address local planning issues, and are available to communities to help shape and advance residents’ own visions for the future of their neighborhoods. To view the urban planners assigned to each of Manhattan’s Community Boards, visit our Staff Directory. Below are some of the larger projects being handled by the Land Use Department.

Morningside Heights Planning Study
The Morningside Heights Planning Study is the product of a collaboration between the Manhattan Borough President, Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Levine, Community Board 9, and the Morningside Heights Community Coalition to address housing needs and preserve the character of Morningside Heights. The years of advocacy by the Morningside Heights Community Coalition, Community Board 9, local elected officials, and residents show the success of ground-up community-based planning. The planning study highlights the need to encourage growth of affordable housing near transit, protect rent-stabilized units, and limit out-of-context development. Read the report.

East Midtown Redevelopment

Mayor de Blasio established the East Midtown Steering Committee in May 2014 to develop a new planning framework for the future that will inform re-zoning, capital commitments, funding mechanisms and other policy decisions affecting East Midtown’s commercial core. The East Midtown Steering Committee’s mission is to identify planning policies to enhance East Midtown’s economic competitiveness, public spaces, transit facilities and historic resources so it continues to be the premier office district for the New York region. Learn more…

South Street Seaport Development

The South Street Seaport is, in many ways, where New York City began. One area of the seaport is a New York City Historic District, as designated by the City Landmarks Preservation Commission. A larger area is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is part of a still-larger NYC Urban Renewal District. Because this historic area is one of a kind, the Seaport Working Group was established to discuss the area’s unique needs, in light of a development proposal by the Howard Hughes Corporation. Learn more…