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CLIENT PANEL: NYC’s Future Development Zones, presented by SMPS-NY and Skanska

In order to face the challenges of exploding NYC population, DCP is studying a number of land use strategies to best align zoning with the needs of the City’s neighborhoods and businesses in a place-based manner. These development “nodes” will support much of our future infrastructure. Come learn about the new plans being crafted in each borough that will accommodate new infrastructure, transportation, and economic growth in the coming years. Key representatives from each borough will discuss the potential impact of the following studies on New York City's AEC community.

Manhattan - Greater East Midtown Rezoning Plan

Brooklyn - The Gowanus Neighborhood Study

Bronx - The Jerome Avenue Study

Staten Island - Downtown Staten Island, North Shore Study

Queens - LIC Core Neighborhood Study

Registration is now open!


Daniel R. Garodnick

New York City Council Member

East Midtown Rezoning and Public Realm Improvement Fund

As a 12-year Member of the New York City Council Dan Garodnick was known as one of New York's most independent voices and effective legislators. In November, the City Council unanimously passed his bill that will relieve more than 2,700 small businesses in Manhattan from paying the onerous commercial rent tax. He was also the lead negotiator in crafting a plan that will deliver nearly a billion dollars to improve subways and public spaces in Midtown over the next 20 years, through the East Midtown and Vanderbilt Corridor re-zonings. Dan is a fierce tenant advocate and, in 2015, negotiated the largest affordable housing preservation deal in New York City’s history.


James Rausse, AICP

Director of Planning & Development, Bronx

Jerome Avenue Study

James Rausse, AICP, Director of Planning & Development, Bronx, New York. James has overseen $3 billion in investment for the borough that produced over 14 million square feet in development last year alone. He James is the Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) Liaison to the AICP Commission for the American Planning Association (APA). Previously, James served as President of the APA– New York Metro Chapter from October 2012-December 2016, as Co-Chair of the 2017 National Planning Conference's Local Host Committee, and as New York Metro Chapter Vice President for Professional Development.


Jonathan Keller

Senior Planner at NYC Department of City Planning

Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

Jonathan Keller is a Team Leader in the Brooklyn Office where he manages a team of planners working in South and Central Brooklyn, including leading the Department's Gowanus PLACES Study. His leadership led to the successful approval and management of department-sponsored re-zonings spanning over 1500 city blocks, and approvals of private applications totaling millions of square feet of development. Jonathan has a passion for developing fully functional and affordable neighborhoods that are safe and vibrant for all New Yorkers.


John Young

Director, Queens Office, NYC Department of City Planning

LIC Core Neighborhood Study

As Director of NYC’s Department of City Planning’s Queens Office since October 2000, John Young has shaped nearly 50 community planning initiatives that build upon the borough’s strengths of its broad and diversified economy, and highly appealing and inclusive neighborhoods. Current and recent planning efforts have focused on the borough’s three important regional centers – Long Island City, Jamaica, and Flushing. Building upon the de Blasio Administration’s NY Works Plan, the LIC Core Neighborhood Planning Study seeks to promote new business and production spaces, foster job growth, expand housing affordability, and coordinate public investments to support current needs and future growth.


Munro Johnson, AICP

Vice President, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Downtown Staten Island, North Shore Study

Munro Johnson is a certified planner and Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Munro became interested in development while living across an eclectic mix of places throughout his life, including Seattle, Wyoming, Vermont, Ohio, Osaka, Philadelphia, suburban Connecticut, and now Queens. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he manages a portfolio of development initiatives on Staten Island, ranging from large-scale mixed-use waterfront development, to historic adaptive reuse, industrial park development, and neighborhood planning.


Mitchell A. Korbey

Partner, Chair, Land Use & Zoning Group

Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Mitch is an urban planner and land use attorney with more than 30 years of experience in private practice and government service. Previously, he has served as Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, directed the Department of City Planning's Brooklyn office, and the deputy director of its Staten Island office. Mitch advises clients on zoning and land use issues, including site acquisitions and assemblages, site development options, zoning lot mergers and development rights transfers. He also represents clients in applications for discretionary approvals from key New York City agencies. For the past four years, Mitch has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of New York City's leading zoning lawyers.


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When & Where

  • 02/01/2018
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • 365 5th Avenue
  • New York, NY
  • MAP

Registration & Pricing

  • $60.00   SMPS / AIA Member Early Bird Registration (by Jan 31)
  • $90.00   Non-Member Early Bird Registration (by Jan 31)
  • $100.00   Non-Member Walk-in/Late Registration
  • $70.00   Member Walk-in/Late Registration
  • register now!