Land Use Justice

About

New York City’s land use and zoning regulations are key levers in the development and preservation of our city’s communities. Unfortunately, however, the needs and interests of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized populations are not often represented or considered in how our land is used, what gets built where, what gets preserved, and who has rights and access to space.

Why This Matters

Land use justice is key to creating thriving communities, as it ensures that all residents are reshaping the various areas of our neighborhoods. Without proper representation from, or the inclusion of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized populations, the City ends up making decisions on land use that exacerbate inequality, by privileging capital over community.

What We're Doing

ANHD is building the power of marginalized communities to have control over the land use decisions that shape their neighborhoods and promote equity.

To ensure land use policies and investments are driven by our city’s community needs, we provide both individual and group-based rezoning technical assistance to neighborhoods who are facing land use and zoning changes. Additionally, we provide research and advocacy on land use opportunities that promote public good.

Check out the associated projects below for more information on how we are fighting for land use justice.

Related Resources

An analysis of prior losses, and potential gains of affordable housing for Queen’s CB 1.
An analysis of prior losses, and potential gains of affordable housing for Manhattan’s CB 11.
An in-depth analysis of the opportunity of Mandatory Inclusinary Housing, and what has been lost in the current Voluntary Inclusionary Housing policy.
A survey report evaluating the expanding role of community development organizations in neighborhood economic development.
An evaluation of the Initiative for Neighborhood and City-Wide Organizing funding and capacity building program and its impacts.
Mapping the history, context and contributions of community development corporations (CDCs) through out New York City.
A report back from a forum of key stakeholders discussing the challenges and opportunities related to ensuring permanent affordability in subsidized housing.

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