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Leading the Way: The Blueprint Planning Process & New York City Land Use Development

How can city planners better manage new land use applications for urban planning while speeding up the process for city administration and applicants? It is a complex question that in many cases has created great debate among planning practitioners. Nevertheless, some cities, like New York, have been able to implement new management regarding future land use

by Geoff Bliss January 18, 2013 One comment

BluePrint Presentation Cover PageHow can city planners better manage new land use applications for urban planning while speeding up the process for city administration and applicants?

It is a complex question that in many cases has created great debate among planning practitioners. Nevertheless, some cities, like New York, have been able to implement new management regarding future land use applications, which have established bold new measures for efficiency, sustainability, and long-term urban growth.

BluePrint, effective June 21, 2012, has pushed forward a groundbreaking new agenda designed to expedite the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). According to a press release from the NYC Department of Planning (DCP), BluePrint aims at creating a "clear and predictable review process" in connection to how future applicants and DCP staff respond and cater to new projects effectively. The ambitious new program attempts to identify solutions that enable “predictability, clarity, and responsiveness” to new projects; improving the city by potentially attracting new businesses and generating new tax revenue.

NYC Growth and Development, BluePrint PresentationAccording to the DCP, BluePrint capitalizes on the city’s already impressive urban agenda of rezoning 37% of the city’s land, equal to 115 rezonings and 10,000 city blocks. Further still, BluePrint, when fully implemented by the end of 2013, will allow DCP to review two-thirds of applications up to 25- 50% faster - guided by a "technical and environmental analysis," that creates clear lines of communication between city administrators and new applicants.

Following its implementation in January 2011, incremental milestones have supported the planning process of BluePrint. These include public information sessions and a continuous review of standards, which have helped Blueprint become more flexible over time. The NYC Department of Planning has proved that it is dedicated to a long-term vision of the future that creates a secure foundation, which is adaptable as well as innovative, allowing NYC to become even more economically competitive within the global marketplace.

Will BluePrint be successful in guiding future urban development in NYC? Please respond with your thoughts.

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Geoff Bliss grew up in Woodstock, New York and will soon graduate from the Master of Community Planning program at the University of Cincinnati with a focus in Physical Planning. He holds a B.S. in Applied Arts & Science from the Rochester Instit...

  • Robert Bliss

    Geoff, I enjoyed reading your work. I think there is room for improvement in so many ways regarding sustainable development, with emphasis on the building of appropriate low income housing. So many people need places to live, but can’t afford the high rents in most cities, like New York.

    Bob Bliss

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