History of the City of Yes 2023-24

March 6th, 2024 Posted in Environmental Reviews

The Mayor is proposing zoning changes that will increase density, affect community character, exacerbate flooding, reduce parking, and more.  The City of Yes Mess started in 2022 when the mayor formed the Get Stuff Built committee, consisting of 25 NYC agencies under mayoral jurisdiction — but not the Office of Emergency Management. This was joined by a 75-person stakeholder group comprised of the leaders from real estate industry, contractors, bankers, and more  — but no public, public leaders, or any public participation.

Known as the Building & Land Use Approval Streamlining Taskforce (BLAST), they created 111 concrete actions to change our zoning. The sustainability part already passed all approvals, despite its lack of the existing carbon base to measure the “goal” of neutrality. Other proposals have passed as well, that is — individual proposal to remove public participation in environmental review SEQRA (Green Fast Track for Housing) and ULURP (Casinos).  Read below about what is coming next on Economic and Housing zoning changes.

Started by the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the Broadway Community Alliance in November 2023, we now have groups from all parts of the Bronx in this coalition.

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