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December 17, 2020

The Real Deal

Ross Moskowitz, a partner in Stroock’s national Real Estate Group, is quoted in an article that discusses how the City Council is taking the first step toward transforming how land use decisions are made in New York, with Council Speaker Corey Johnson introducing legislation that would create a new framework for city planning by setting long-term goals for housing, infrastructure, climate change resiliency and other resources. The bill lays out a 10-year planning cycle that incorporates more opportunities for community members to weigh in on land use decisions in their neighborhoods.

In addition, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, the city’s seven-month land use review process, would no longer require Council approval if City Planning deems the application abides by the land-use scenario. However, council members could still opt to vote on the proposal.

Ross noted that he can’t imagine council members opting out of a final vote on significant land use decisions. “That’s not going to happen,” he said. “[Constituents] would take the council member to task for not taking up the conversation.” 

Read the article in The Real Deal. (subscription required)

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