Thriving Communities Coalition: NYC Needs Enforceable, Equity-Based Comprehensive Planning

December 16, 2020

Coalition Statement on the City’s Report Release & Legislation Introduction

New York, NY – The Thriving Communities Coalition is pleased to see Speaker Johnson put the need for planning and land use reform front and center with the report and legislation released today. There is a broad and growing consensus that the City’s current approach to planning is broken. Over the course of many years of neighborhood rezoning battles — and more recently as COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement have further highlighted longstanding, stark racial and economic inequality in New York City — it has become increasingly clear that our current process reinforces existing inequalities and undermines efforts to properly address our current needs and plan for the future. 

We need a wholesale change to our City’s planning frameworks and processes. An enforceable, equity-based comprehensive plan has the potential to bring us from a status quo that does not work for most New Yorkers to a more fair and sustainable approach for all of our communities. The Thriving Communities Coalition looks forward to working with the Speaker, the City Council, and the Administration on legislation to help achieve that goal.

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