CPC – City Planning Commission

Decisions Posted on Site:
Reports (July 2003 – Present)

Link to Department of City Planning web site

The City Planning Commission, established by the 1936 City Charter, began operating in 1938 with seven members appointed by the Mayor. The 1989 Charter expanded the Commission to thirteen members. The Mayor appoints the Chair of the Commission, who also serves as the Director of the New York City Department of City Planning. In addition to the Chair, the Mayor appoints six other members. The Borough Presidents each appoint one member, and the Public Advocate appoints one member.

The Commission is responsible for the conduct of planning relating to the orderly growth and development of the City, including adequate and appropriate resources for the housing, business, industry, transportation, distribution, recreation, culture, comfort, convenience, health, and welfare of its population. The Commission meets regularly to hold hearings and vote on applications concerning the use, development, and improvement of real property. Where required by law, its consideration of these applications includes an assessment of their environmental impacts where required by law.

Posted on the Center for New York City Law’s web site are the CPC Reports beginning July 2003. The reports are written records of actions taken by the CPC with respect to land use applications filed under the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), zoning text amendments, and Section 197-a community-based land use plans. The CPC Reports may refer to recommendations made to the CPC by Community Boards and Borough Presidents during the course of the ULURP process. Copies of these recommendations may be obtained from the Department of City Planning’s Calendar Information Office (212) 720-3370.

It is important to note that the reports do not necessarily reflect the final outcome with respect to an application, since most applications are subject to review by the City Council following CPC approval.

The City Council automatically reviews:
zoning map changes;
zoning text changes;
housing and urban renewal plans;
disposition of residential buildings, except to non-profit companies for low-income housing; and
Section 197-a community-based land use plans.

The City Council may elect to review the following by voting to take jurisdiction within twenty days after the CPC files its report. If the City Council does not assume jurisdiction of these items, the action of the CPC is final:
City Map changes;
zoning special permits;
revocable consents, franchise RFP’s, and major concessions;
disposition of commercial or vacant property;
disposition of residential buildings to nonprofit companies for low-income housing; and
site selection and acquisition of real property.

The Council may approve, disapprove, or modify CPC actions. Viewers should go to the City Council’s web site to view the final dispositions of applications reviewed by the Council.