City Planning to Hold Public Info Session for City of Yes for Economic Opportunity Text Amendment

On June 13, 2023, the Department of City Planning will host a public information session to discuss the City of Yes for Economic Opportunity zoning text amendment. The proposed amendment is one of three “City of Yes” zoning text amendments first proposed last summer that aim to modernize zoning rules and remove unnecessary obstacles for the production of housing, job growth, and implementation of green energy measures. 

The Zoning for Economic Opportunity amendment removes outdated limitations from the zoning text to support entrepreneurs and small businesses. Certain limitations like which types of businesses are allowed in commercial districts, restrictions on resume of existing buildings, and other limitations hinder the growth of new businesses. The zoning text amendment also aims to  remove restrictions on dancing, comedy, and music. For CityLand’s prior coverage about this amendment, click here and here

The City of Yes for Economic Opportunity amendment will enter the formal public review process in the fall. New Yorkers who want more information can attend a virtual information session on June 13 at 7 PM, and can RSVP here.

Dan Garodnick, Department of City Planning Director and Chair of the City Planning Commission, stated, “New York City’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods, and they deserve our support – but zoning rules that regulate where businesses can locate or grow are holding back their success. City of Yes for Economic Opportunity will make life easier for local shops and provide the flexibility needed for economic growth. Please join us at this session to learn more about how this initiative will help our mom-and-pop shops and build thriving neighborhoods.”

The first City of Yes amendment, City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality, entered the public review process earlier this year. The City’s 59 Community Boards are currently reviewing the amendment. The third amendment, City of Yes for Housing Opportunity, is expected to begin public review next spring. 

By: Veronica Rose (Veronica is the CityLaw fellow and a New York Law School graduate, Class of 2018.)



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