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Department of City Planning director discusses ‘City of Yes’ housing proposal with QNS
Department of City Planning director discusses ‘City of Yes’ housing proposal with QNS

Jun. 13, 2024 By Athena Dawson

Department of City Planning Director Dan Garodnick spoke exclusively with QNS about the housing component of the mayor’s comprehensive City of Yes proposal.

The City of Yes for Housing Opportunity is a zoning reform proposal put forward by the DCP that aims to address New York’s housing crisis by easing land use restrictions and allowing more housing to be added in every neighborhood. The wide-reaching proposal covers topics from modified garage living spaces to allowing apartments to be built on top of ground-floor commercial buildings. 

The proposal began the public review process in the spring, with DCP officials discussing the plans with community boards across the city. The community boards are currently voting on the plan, with some, such as Community Board 11 in eastern Queens, voting against it earlier this month. The community board votes are advisory.

Op-ed: Congestion pricing would do much more harm than good for New Yorkers

Jun. 11, 2024 By Assemblymember David I. Weprin

Like many residents throughout the five boroughs and across the New York Metro Area, I was pleasantly surprised by Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to “indefinitely pause” the implementation of Congestion Pricing. Rather than seeing this as a cynical calculation, as some have alleged, I see the Governor’s decision as a deeply pragmatic response to the crescendo of public concerns that I and many others have raised for years. As the countdown to the June 30 implementation date neared, everyday New Yorkers did what we do best: we spoke up for ourselves and said we won’t accept a bad deal! I applaud Governor Hochul for having the courage not just to listen to us but to take a tough stand against this misguided policy.

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