First Friday: New York City Department of City Planning

League members are invited to the city agency’s downtown office.

April 5, 2024
6:00 p.m.

Department of City Planning | Jamaica Neighborhood Plan, Queens, NY, ongoing. Image courtesy NYC Planning

The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

An agency of the New York City government, the Department of City Planning (DCP) plans for the strategic growth and development of the city through the development of land use policies and zoning regulations, ground-up work with communities, and strategic and capital planning. DCP also supports the City Planning Commission in its annual review of approximately 450 land use applications.

Currently directed by Dan Garodnick, DCP’s mission, in the agency’s own words, is to promote housing production and affordability, foster economic development and coordinated investments in infrastructure and services, and support resilient, sustainable communities across the five boroughs for a more equitable New York City.

Completed projects include:

Green Fast Track A major initiative of the Adams administration’s “Get Stuff Built” plan, this streamlined environmental review process accelerates the production of small- and medium-sized housing projects across New York City.

NYC Street Map This interactive, publicly accessible data tool includes the comprehensive mapping and history of New York City streets.

Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene Eds and Meds Planning Framework An early step in the development of Brooklyn’s Central Business District, this plan intends to support and guide the area’s economic growth.

Current and upcoming projects include:

City of Yes This citywide plan to modernize and update New York City’s zoning regulations is designed to support small businesses, create affordable housing, and promote sustainability.

Bronx Metro-North Station Area Plan As regional rail service is estimated to arrive in the Bronx in 2027 with four new train stations, this plan for the area includes recommendations for housing, jobs, services, and other improvements identified by the community.

Midtown South Mixed-Use Plan This study proposes strategies to foster a more vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood in this area of Manhattan where new housing is currently not permitted.


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