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City Planning Slates Public Workshops Ahead of SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

The Department of City Planning (DCP) has slated a public forum for Thursday, Feb. 28 on the mixed-use character of SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. It’s the second in a series of DCP forums to solicit community input in advance of a possible rezoning of the two neighborhoods, and the first of four thematic workshops.

DCP notes that since 2000, the city has granted over 90 special permits in Soho and NoHo, mainly to allow or legalize retail and residential uses. That’s a significantly higher number than in adjoining districts, and DCP says it points to “a dynamic local economy that has outgrown 1970s-era zoning rules.”

The department will conduct public forums over the next six months on the proposed rezoning.

DCP director Marisa Lago said the workshops represented “excellent opportunities: for community stakeholders to delve into the “unique challenges and opportunities” facing SoHo and NoHo.

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