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Does New York Need a Comprehensive Plan?

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2.0 AICP CM Credits (CONFIRMED)

New York City's economy is booming, but at the same time more people live in poverty, there is a lack of affordable housing and the transit system needs upgrading. Does New York City need an overarching plan to manage growth, invest in infrastructure, and set goals for housing, education and transportation? Or, is the current city zoning framework, land use review process, and Mayor’s long-term strategic plan, OneNYC, sufficient? Can the City spare itself a lengthy and costly exercise that might result in a static plan incompatible with the city’s dynamic economy? Can a comprehensive approach lead to better planning that is more coherent, inclusive, and transparent? Is the current approach more pragmatic, serving as an incremental strategy that suits a constantly changing city? A comprehensive or general plan can be viewed as a critical piece of a city’s infrastructure, with many cities nationally and internationally using them to hone in on vision, planning principles, growth strategies and budgetary priorities 50+ years into the future (Mexico City, Los Angeles, London, Boston, etc.). The purpose of this session is to explore the pros and cons of a comprehensive plan with an open mind and an appreciation of the complexity and uncertainty of planning for the future of New York City.

Please join the APA NY Urban Design Committee at WXY Studio for a moderated panel discussion. The panelists all value long-term strategic planning for growth and represent a range of professional experiences and viewpoints. The panelists will discuss what constitutes a comprehensive plan, the pros and cons of a comprehensive plan, and why New York needs or does not need a comprehensive plan. The discussion will touch on public participation in the planning process, neighborhood development, capital spending and regional planning.

Introductory Remarks:

  • Ben Max, Gotham Gazette

Facilitator:

  • Jee Mee Kim, Principal, HR&A Advisors

Panelists:

  • Brad Lander, New York City Councilmember
  • Celia Weaver, Policy & Research Director, New York Communities for Change
  • Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee / NY City Planning Commissioner
  • Maulin Mehta, Senior Associate for State Programs and Advocacy, Regional Plan Association
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