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Eyes on the City: de Blasio’s Housing Plan

Mayor de Blasio is finding himself in a tough spot with two key initiatives meant to spur more affordable and senior housing. The proposals were largely opposed by Borough Presidents and community boards over the past few months.

The first, Zoning for Quality and Affordability, would increase bulk of buildings, loosen parking requirements, and ease production of senior housing. The second would require that a certain percentage of units (25-30% deadening on the location) in newly rezoned areas are affordable, codifying a practice that the city has used in the past for individual projects.

The one size fits all approach isn’t working for many communities that have fought long and hard for neighborhood height limits and other elements of contextual zoning. MAS’s testimony, available online, reiterates many of the concerns of community groups and elected officials. City Planning will have a hearing on the proposals on December 16th and the City Council will take up the issue early next year.