CDP offers workshops to help clients educate community members and the public about law and policy. CDP staff can facilitate workshops for community members directly, or can work with partners to train their staff or leadership to facilitate the workshops for community members. If you are interested in working with CDP to present one of these workshops in your community, please contact us.
Neighborhood Rezonings 101
Learn the basics of neighborhood rezoning, including what a rezoning means, how neighborhoods could be impacted, the political context of current neighborhood rezoning plans, and opportunities for community involvement.
Race & Rezonings
Explore the relationship between race and rezonings by looking at the long history of development and displacement in NYC. Topics include the racial motivations and impacts of Bloomberg-era rezonings; the racial composition of current rezoning neighborhoods; potential Fair Housing Act issues; and policy tools for anticipating and addressing racial impacts of rezonings.
Who’s Who in a Rezoning?
Learn about the players in your neighborhood rezoning, from key individuals to the city agencies and other organizations involved.
Lessons from East New York and Other Past Rezonings
Learn what the East New York Coalition initially demanded in the rezoning of their neighborhood, the challenges they faced and compromises made along the way, and what the rezoning ultimately looked like. Information on the impacts of other past rezonings is also included.
Rezoning for Advocates
Explore the policy tools that can be used to advance community goals in rezoning processes.
NYCHA Campuses in Neighborhood Rezonings
Topics include NextGeneration NYCHA and Section 18 requirements; whether projects on NYCHA land have to go through public approval processes; and how NYCHA can potentially benefit from rezonings.
Policy Tools: Accountability
Learn the importance of having enforcement mechanisms (drawing on promises broken from past rezonings), and tools that can potentially increase accountability (including special districts, payment in lieu of taxes, Community Benefits Agreements/contracts with developers, and tax increment financing).
Policy Tools: Where is the Data? Tracking Outcomes and Impacts and How to Make the Data Tell Our Stories
Topics include problems with and gaps in how the city tracks outcomes and impacts; a proposal for an oversight bill; and other potential mechanisms to track displacement, racial impacts of rezonings, health outcomes, and other issues.
Community Benefits Agreements: Contracting with a Developer to Lock In Local Wins
Learn how a community can get and enforce a contract with a developer (sometimes called a Community Benefit Agreement or CBA). This workshop will cover what can go into those contracts and how they relate to making sure residents get benefits from development.
Public Land in Your Community
What public land is in your community and what should it be used for in the future? How can communities retain control over these spaces? Learn the rules that apply to the disposition of City-owned land and how community members can find what publicly owned lots are in their community.
Community Land Trusts
Learn about Community Land Trusts (CLTs) as a tool preserve the right of low-income people to live in the city. CLTs are legal structures that treat land is a common good and housing as a human right. Learn about how CLTs work, existing CLTs in New York and beyond and what your community can do now to expand the City’s willingness to partner with local organizations in stable, non-speculative development. CDP is part of the New York City Community Land Initiative.
This Land is Our Land: Protecting NYC’s Parks and Gardens
This training addresses the organizing, policy and legal landscape (!) of our parks, gardens and other open spaces. It places current organizing and preservation efforts in context of the history of resident-led development of neighborhoods abandoned by municipal infrastructures and looks to the future of community assets as part of a restorative planning and asset distribution strategy. This workshop is offered in collaboration with 596 Acres.
Protecting Our Places: Know Your Rights on Non-Profit Tax Exemptions
Does your nonprofit or church own property? Learn how to get and keep property tax exemptions and protect key places in your neighborhood from unjust foreclosure. Did the city send you a notice of a tax lien? What can be done? Who can help? This workshop is offered in collaboration with Fordham Community Economic Development Clinic and NYC Department of Finance Taxpayer Advocate.
Policy Tools: Job Strategies
Learn strategies communities are advocating for to create local jobs, including subsidy reform and a community benefits ordinance. This training also addresses the legal limitations in securing local hire.
The Fair Housing Act: Past, Present and Future
Why was the Fair Housing Act passed, and what is it supposed to do? What kinds of legal challenges can community members bring based on the fair housing act, and how might those challenges support neighborhood-based organizing? In this workshop, we'll review the basics of the FHA, how it can be used to challenge City policies, and what leverage the FHA can offer.
Plugging the Hole in the Bucket: Preservation Trust as an Alternative to Speculator-Driven Property Tax Collection
Since 1996, the City of New York has sold un-paid property tax bills to an investor-backed trust that gets the right to collect the debt, charge interest and add fees; if owners don’t pay up, the debt collectors can foreclose and auction properties to the highest bidder. The City gives up its power over slum lords and our neighborhoods lose key places when this happens. Learn about how this practice impacts apartment buildings, small homes, community organizations and businesses in your neighborhood. We will also present Not for Profit alternative that advocates have developed: the Preservation Trust.
Respond to Government-Initiated Projects and Plans
Fact sheets for residents in areas that have been targeted for upzonings (created by CDP and the Center for Urban Pedagogy):
- Harlem 125th Street Rezoning (English & Español) summarizes some of the impacts of the 2008 rezoning and the local goals community members fought for, won and lost.
- Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning (English & Español) summarizes the impacts of the 2005 rezoning.
Impact Private Development Projects
Resources coming soon!
Create and Defend Community Spaces
|Protecting Our Places: Know Your Rights on Not-for-Profit Property Tax Exemptions is a primer to help not-for-profit corporations that own spaces such as day cares, mosques, arts organizations, churches, and community gardens understand how to receive the property tax exemptions they are entitled to, renew the exemptions annually, and avoid or address the problem that arises when the debt from unpaid taxes is put into debt collection, a process that can result in non-profits losing their property. Protecting Our Places includes information about which community properties are currently at risk, how to fix the problem, how to apply for property tax exemptions for not-for-profits each year, and what to do if a property has a tax lien or goes into foreclosure. The resource was created by CDP in partnership with 596 Acres and the Fordham Law School Community Economic Development Clinic.|
Ensure Public Assets Are Used for Public Good
NYCommons.org is an organizing platform for residents and organizers who want to understand public leverage over the development of public assets. The site was created by CDP in collaboration with 596 Acres and Common Cause / NY and is currently in beta testing mode. Your feedback is welcome!
Policymaking Around Structural Inequality and Displacement
Resources coming soon!