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Thursday, September 23 • 9:45am - 11:15am
Session 1 - Comprehensive Planning in New York

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Despite adopting zoning legislation in 1916, America's largest city still doesn’t have a comprehensive plan. The COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted long standing societal inequities in New York State and City, fueling movements for racial, socio-economic, housing, environmental justice, and climate change. These movements beg the question if there could be a more integrated framework for planning across the city, one in which the principles of racial equity, resiliency, carbon reduction, and clean energy would be front and center.  Principles of racial equity, resiliency, carbon reduction, and clean energy must be front and center in the planning framework.  
This session will examine recent comprehensive planning initiatives and their ability to address the most pressing issues facing New York City and State:
  • In 2019, the State enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), seeking to mitigate climate change across all sectors by mandating the Climate Action Council to create a scoping plan to address greenhouse gas reduction, clean energy expansion goals, and the disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged communities. 
  • In 2019, City Council member Corey Johnson introduced his “Planning Together” Amendment, proposing a new city-wide comprehensive plan. This amendment, and other state-wide planning legislation, will address systemic inequities maintained through the current zoning code and ensure a healthy, fully-inclusive and sustainable urban ecosystem for all. 
Panelists will discuss the potential effects these and other unified planning frameworks could have on how we design and plan our communities. 

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Brad Lander

Brad Lander is a member of the New York City Council, representing the 39th District in Brooklyn. He serves as the Council’s Deputy Leader for Policy, and was a co-founder of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. His hard-hitting policy reports and innovative legislation have helped... Read More →
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Nancy Prince

NYC Parks Department
Nancy Prince RLA, ASLA, is the chief of landscape architecture at the New York City  Department of Parks & Recreation. She establishes the design aesthetic and vision for  a large and highly varied portfolio of projects. Ms. Prince guides the work of 100  landscape architects and... Read More →
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David Vega-Barachowitz

David Vega-Barachowitz is Director of Urban Design at WXY. As a city planner and urban designer, David’s work explores the instrumentality of codes in shaping the built environment. His practice focuses on the development of new tools, research methods, and design perspectives that... Read More →
avatar for Michelle de la Uz - Moderator

Michelle de la Uz - Moderator

Michelle de la Uz became Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) in January  2004, after serving as Co-Chair on FAC’s Board of Directors. She has over twenty-five years of  experience in public and community service. Michelle oversees the organization’s mission... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 9:45am - 11:15am EDT