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Zoning for Equity and Sustainability (DCP)

Managing Agency: NYC Department of City Planning (NYC DCP)
Location: Citywide
Project Description: NYC plans to modernize and update NYC’s zoning regulations to support small businesses, create affordable housing, and promote sustainability for a more inclusive, equitable “City of Yes.”
Status: Proposed; under consideration by stakeholders

June 1, 2022 – NYC Mayor Adams issues press release related to “City of Yes” zoning amendments (Read here)

September 19, 2022 –  Presentation from NYC Department of City Planning to the CB14 Housing & Land Use Committee on new zoning amendments for green, equitable development (Watch DCP presentation at this link.)

  1. Zoning for Zero Carbon
    Goal: Modernize our city’s zoning regulations to support our climate goals.
    Learn more at
  2. Zoning for Economic Opportunity
    Goal: Support small businesses and entrepreneurs by removing outdated limitations on businesses and ensuring that local retail streets and commercial centers across the city can remain lively places that sustain our neighborhoods.
    Learn more at
  3. Zoning for Housing Opportunity
    Goal: Help meet New Yorkers’ housing needs with small changes citywide – including the highest density areas as well as low density areas.
    Learn more at

Learn more about “City of Yes” zoning proposals for a more equitable and sustainable city at

NYC Planning is researching these topics and is interested in hearing from business owners who have had trouble locating or growing due to outdated or confusing zoning requirements. To share your perspective, or to ask questions, please contact