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ZQA-MIH Zoning Text Amendment Proposals

The NYC Department of City Planning has proposed a targeted set of citywide zoning text amendments, referred to as Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program (MIH.) Both zoning text amendments entered the formal public review process in late September. The full texts of both proposals along with DCP presentations, reports, updates and other useful information is available on the Department of City Planning website (website link.) If you have any questions or comments about the proposals, please contact the project team at ahousing@planning


PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: The NYC Planning Commission held a public hearing on the two proposed Zoning measures, ZQA & MIH, on Wednesday, December 16, 2015  at the Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.) For more information about this hearing and for a detailed agenda, please visit the CPC website by clicking here.

* Click here to read the testimony submitted by Brooklyn Community Board 14.  (*Please Note: Additional CB14 statements related to each proposal are available below.)


Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA)

Zoning for Housing Quality and AffordabilityClick link to view Department of City Planning information about ZQA:

The Housing New York plan, released in May 2014, is the Mayor’s five-borough, ten-year plan to build and preserve affordable housing throughout New York City. The plan lays out a set of strategies to preserve and create 200,000 units of affordable housing. Among the issues it identifies is the need to modernize zoning regulations that are outdated and often impede the production of new affordable housing.

* Click here to read Brooklyn Community Board 14’s Response to Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA) Proposal & Summary of Conditions.


Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Presentation<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Click link to view Department of City Planning information about MIH:

As a key initiative of Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan, Housing New York, the Department of City Planning is launching a proposal for a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program that would require through zoning actions a share of new housing to be permanently affordable. Developed in close consultation with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and informed by extensive policy and financial feasibility analysis, this proposal marks a new approach to ensuring neighborhood economic diversity as we plan for growth.

* Click here to read Brooklyn Community Board 14’s Response to Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Proposal & Summary of Conditions.


NYC Community Board Responses to ZQA-MIH Zoning Proposals

CityLand, a New York Law School publication, has created a comprehensive citywide chart that is tracking every community board action taken on ZQA and MIH. CityLand will continue to update this chart as additional information is received. To visit the website for more information, please click here. To view the chart with Community Board votes and links to statements and summaries of conditions, please click here.


  Do you want to learn more about current zoning regulations for a specific location or neighborhood?

ZoLa is New York City’s Zoning & Land Use map. It provides a simple way to research zoning regulations in New York City. You can find the zoning for your property, discover new proposals for your neighborhood and learn where City Planning initiatives – such as FRESH and the Inclusionary Housing Program – apply throughout New York City. First time visitors to ZoLa are encouraged to view the user guide and frequently asked questions. The Department of City Planning is committed to making zoning accessible to the public. We hope this tool will be helpful to you.

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