Testimony, Papers, and Reports

Respond to Government-Initiated Projects and Plans

Impact Private Development Projects
Create and Defend Community Spaces
Policymaking Around Structural Inequality and Displacement

Respond to Government-Initiated Projects and Plans

Jerome Avenue Rezoning

Client: Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) & the Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision

Testimony on the Jerome Avenue Rezoning Before the City Council (2/7/2018)

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (12/11/2017)

White Paper: Resisting Displacement in the Southwest Bronx: Lessons from CASA's Tenant Organizing (May 2017): CDP provided research, writing and editing support to CASA for this report.

Comments on the Draft Scope of Work (11/7/2016)

Zoning Text Asks (3/18/2016)

Policy Platform (October 2015): CDP supported the Bronx Coalition in creating a robust policy platform to support planning designed to meet the needs of low-income residents of the South Bronx.

East Harlem Rezoning

Client: Community Voices Heard (CVH)

Testimony on East Harlem Neighborhood Rezoning to the Land Use Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises (10/11/2017): To reinforce remarks by CVH, CDP testified against the proposed rezoning of East Harlem because of the rezoning plan's failure to properly assess the risks of community displacement and provide appropriate mitigations.

Testimony on the East Harlem Rezoning Draft of Environmental Impact Statement to City Planning Commission (8/23/2017): In collaboration with CVH, Pratt Center for Community Development, and The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, CDP testified regarding the City's lack of a plan for protecting East Harlem's current residents from displacement in the wake rezoning and the resulting luxury developments. In response to the environmental impact statement, CDP and the other organizations also submitted written comments (9/5/2017) to describe the adverse impacts of the plan in greater detail, explain how the City’s analysis masks the plan’s true impacts on the neighborhood’s current residents, and offer alternatives that will preserve and increase affordable housing in East Harlem.

East New York Rezoning

Client: Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills

Testimony on the Proposed East New York Rezoning to New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises  (3/7/2016): In support of the Coalition, CDP testified to highlight the lack of affordable housing protections in the City’s proposed East New York rezoning plan and urge the City to make a plan that meets the housing needs of the neighborhood’s current residents.

Testimony on the Proposed East New York Rezoning to City Planning Commission  (1/6/2016): In support of the Coalition, CDP argued that the proposed rezoning would increase the risk of displacement from the community and argued for the adoption of a zoning text provision to deter tenant harassment.

East New York Neighborhood Rezoning Community Plan (July 2015): CDP supported the Coalition in creating a community plan for the neighborhood.

Impact Private Development Projects

Letter to the Department of City Planning Regarding Unlawful Process to Approve Development in the Two Bridges LSRD (8/11/2017): CDP drafted a letter on behalf of GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), and the Lands End One Tenant Association to call attention to deficiencies in the Department of City Planning's treatment of applications for new construction in the Two Bridges Large-Scale Redevelopment area. CDP argued that the City's decision to classify requested approvals to build 4 new residential towers as "minor" modifications was improper and in violation of the law.

Create and Defend Community Spaces

In Relation to Tax Lien Sale to New York City Council Committee on Finance  (1/11/2017): CDP, in collaboration with the New York City Community Land Initiative, called for changes to a bill reauthorizing the City’s tax lien program so that non-profit organizations and community members occupying properties with tax liens may continue to do so, and unused properties may be used in the ways that most benefit the surrounding communities.

Policymaking Around Structural Inequality and Displacement

Charter Reform

Testimony to the 2018 Charter Revision Commission (5/7/2018): CDP testimony at a Public Hearing in the initial agenda-setting stage of the 2018 City Charter Revision Commission contributed to the expansion of the Commission's mandate and the scheduling of a Land Use Panel. The hearing transcript is here (CDP begins on page 38).

Testimony on the Land Use Panel Before the New York City Charter Commission (6/19/2018) (CDP testimony begins at 2:42:53): CDP provided expert testimony about the need for charter reform to improve the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Among other recommendations, CDP urged the Commission to support community-based planning and early disclosure of plans and potential alternatives, and to make all development on NYCHA property subject to the ULURP process.

Community Land Trusts

Testimony On Intro 1269: A Bill in Relation to the Creation of Regulatory Agreements with Community Land Trusts (10/19/2017): CDP spoke in support of this bill as a foundation on which to build a regulatory framework around CLTs. CDP endorsed suggestions by the New York Community Land Initiative for improving the bill to ensure that CLTs are truly a vehicle for creating and preserving housing for low income families.

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing

Inclusionary Housing Transparency Legislation Testimony  (6/19/2017): CDP requested that the City increase transparency around inclusionary housing programs beyond what was proposed in the legislation. CDP requested that the legislation require data about available affordable housing that is easier for residents, advocates, and volunteers to understand; reports about affordable housing programs and subsidies from government and developers; and disclosure of how affordable housing funds are used.

Letter Regarding the Applicability of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing to the Adorama Site (7/22/2016): CDP wrote to the New York City Planning Commission to argue that the requirements of the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program be applied to a special permit application for a proposed development in Chelsea. CDP argued that failure to apply the requirements of MIH would both thwart the goals of the program, and run contrary to the plain language of the MIH zoning text. CDP urged the Commission to impose the requirements of MIH on this, and all future special permits resulting in a significant increase in residential floor area.

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (2/9/2016)

Testimony Before the City Planning Commission on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (12/16/2015)

Housing Not Warehousing

Housing Not Warehousing Act Comments to City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings  (9/15/2016): In collaboration with the New York City Community Land Initiative, CDP testified  supporting the proposed Housing Not Warehousing bills. These bills would ensure deeply and permanently affordable housing on public land by listing all publicly-owned vacant properties that could be used for affordable housing and recommending paths towards developing affordable housing on these properties.