Core Principles for Rezoning New York City Neighborhoods

As New York City residents, we want Mayor de Blasio to uphold four key principles whenever neighborhoods are rezoned:

  1. Good jobs for our communities and local residents.
  2. Real affordable housing for our communities and local residents.
  3. Real community participation in shaping new housing developments.
  4. Strong anti-harassment and anti-displacement policies to protect us. 

Good jobs for our communities and local residents

New housing developments should create good jobs for our communities and for local residents. Many neighborhoods scheduled to be rezoned are lower-income areas struggling with
unemployment and underemployment. Mayor de Blasio should implement a local hire program for union construction that will enable people to build new housing they can afford. The local hire program should include apprenticeship training that puts local residents on a path not simply to short-term jobs, but to stable, long-term careers in union construction for affordable housing.

Real affordable housing for our communities and local residents

New housing developments should create real affordable housing our communities and local residents can actually afford. At least fifty percent of new apartments created in each new development should be affordable to local residents in neighborhoods that will be rezoned. Real affordability should be tailored to each community so that long-term residents aren’t priced out. Development should preserve and expand real affordability in our city rather than endanger it.

Real community participation in shaping new housing developments

Real community participation should shape new housing developments. The de Blasio administration cannot just impose its vision for rezoning on our communities. Instead, our communities should have meaningful community participation in shaping and planning new housing developments with City Hall. That process should elevate the voices and views of our communities, especially on best ways to create good jobs and real affordable housing.

Strong anti-harassment and anti-displacement policies to protect us

The de Blasio administration must ensure new housing developments in rezoned neighborhoods
 do not lead to tenant harassment or displacement. The rezoning will dramatically increase the value and price of land in many neighborhoods, and many landlords could easily raise rents of longtime residents as a result. It’s absolutely crucial for the de Blasio administration to work with all partners in city and state government to enact strong anti-harassment and anti-displacement policies that will protect our communities and local residents for years to come.