A new law is going to be introduced to the City Council that may radically alter how planning initiatives like rezonings are undertaken in New York City. The legislation, which is a byproduct of the Municipal Arts Society's longstanding Campaign for Community-Based Planning, will seek to extend the influence of 197-a plans, which are produced by communities in order to influence the shape of things to come in their neighborhoods. "Through extensive public outreach and community deliberation, 197-a plans establish a guide for city agencies to act by articulating a wide range of community priorities," says Planning spokesperson Jennifer Torres. "Throughout the city...197-a plans have resulted in actions that reflect the community’s vision." Be that as it may, in real life 197-a's have zero legislative weight.
Legislation To Boost Community-Based Planning
Adding Teeth to Community-Based Plans