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City Council Enacts Requirement for Racial-Equity Studies in Rezonings

The New York City Council on Thursday approved a measure requiring applicants for most land use actions to provide the City Planning Commission and public with a report on racial equity in connection with their project. The reports will include a statement describing how the proposed project relates to the city’s goals and strategies for affirmatively furthering fair housing and promoting equitable access to opportunity.

The reports will also include a community data profile for the local project area based on an “Equitable Development Data Tool” established by the Departments of Housing Preservation and Development and City Planning, with citywide, boroughwide, neighborhood and community district-level data.

“Often rezonings are presented as being great for the city, but it’s clear that only applies to certain areas and communities,” said Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who sponsored the legislation. “In communities of more color, they have helped spur gentrification and displacement.”


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