NYC POLICY UPDATE

ULURP Clock to Restart on September 14
CPC meetings will be held remotely for the foreseeable future, with new portal,  NYC Engage , for New Yorkers to easily participate

NEW YORK  – As the City Planning Commission (CPC) begins remote public meetings today, CPC Chair Marisa Lago announced that the City’s  Uniform Land Use Review Procedure  (ULURP) is set to resume on Monday, Sept. 14.
“As New York works to recover and rebuild from this pandemic, it is more crucial than ever that, together, we get back to the business of creating new affordable housing and good jobs. I think that I speak for the entire Commission in saying that we are excited to return to the important work of helping craft a more equitable, healthier, sustainable and livable city, one that bounces back stronger than ever,”  CPC Chair Marisa Lago  said.

The ULURP process was suspended by  Mayoral Emergency Executive Order  on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the CPC began work on land use applications that are not subject to ULURP, on ULURP applications that were already in public review prior to March 16 and on applications that will enter ULURP review in the future.

The portion of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order that suspended ULURP will end on Sept. 14, at which point the CPC will again begin advancing new ULURP applications. Not until then will ULURP applications adhere to ULURP time frames for public review.

This staggered restart of the public review process will help ensure that the City's 59 community boards, which must adhere to ULURP's timeline but often do not meet during summer months, are ready to host remote public meetings as soon as the ULURP clock restarts.

Public draft agendas for upcoming CPC meetings will be posted on the  Department of City Planning (DCP) website  in the days before the meetings take place. Due to the pandemic, CPC meetings will be held remotely for the foreseeable future.
To provide the public with information about upcoming meetings and how anyone can participate online or by phone, the City recently launched a new web portal,  NYC Engage . Events will be added to NYC Engage in the coming months from the CPC and other agencies. Additional information on NYC Engage is available at the above link and in this earlier  press release .

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