Developers would have disclose how many extra children would enroll in local schools if their building went ahead under a new bill proposed by a state assemblywoman.
New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who represents the Upper West Side, said she introduced the bill because she believes new residential developments that have attracted thousands of families with children have pushed the city's education system to its limits.
The bill would affect all new residences, no matter what the size, she said.
"We are now facing such a huge crisis in overcrowding in the public schools, on the West Side, the East Side, in other boroughs," Rosenthal told DNAinfo. "The problem is only going to get bigger."
The new bill would require developers to include projected figures of families and children early in the development process.
These early figures would assist the Department of Education when it comes to long term planning for schools, Rosenthal said.
"It would add another dimension to the tools they (the DOE) use, which are obviously a little faulty now," Rosenthal said.