Introduction to New York City Zoning Law

(333 Ratings)

Produced on: March 16, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 81 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Zoning is the primary tool employed by local governments to regulate the use of real property, the size and shape of buildings, and parking. New York City adopted the first comprehensive zoning ordinance in the United States in 1916 and continues to be a leader in the field. Through the process of amendment, the NYC Zoning Resolution is constantly growing in terms of size, complexity, and administration.  

This course, presented by land use attorney Howard Goldman, offers an overview of the background, key concepts, process, and purposes of zoning in New York City. In a practical application of this information, the course addresses two major zoning changes: the proposed East Midtown Rezoning and the recently adopted Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program.

The course is intended to be helpful to lawyers seeking a basic understanding of zoning and land use, as well as more experienced practitioners and academics.   

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand zoning as an exercise of the police power
  2. Review key concepts such as as-of-right, discretionary approvals, zoning lot, floor area, floor area ratio, and transfer of development rights

  3. Discuss the role of governmental entities such as the City Planning Commission, City Council, Department of Buildings, Board of Standards and Appeals, and Community Boards in zoning
  4. Explain the proposed East Midtown Rezoning, which is intended to keep Midtown Manhattan east of Fifth Avenue competitive as an international office center, and the recently adopted Mandatory Inclusionary Housing regulations, which require a substantial amount of below-market housing to be provided when a discretionary governmental approval increases the residential development potential of a property

Faculty

Howard Goldman

GoldmanHarris LLC

Following his introduction to land use while practicing law in Alaska, Howard Goldman has been a full-time zoning and land use attorney in New York City since 1980. Prior to co-founding Goldman Harris LLC, he was the Deputy Counsel to the New York City Planning Commission, a partner at two large Manhattan law firms, a partner at a medium-sized Manhattan firm, and a solo practitioner. Howard understands land use from public and private, as well as large and small business perspectives, and enjoys working with all parties in achieving his clients’ goals.  

Goldman Harris LLC is a boutique with practice limited to land use in New York City.  Howard’s law partner is his wife, Caroline Harris, who has a similar legal background, including at the Counsel’s Office of the Department of City Planning and experience at major law firms. Goldman Harris strives to combine the high standards of a large firm with the flexibility afforded by a small one. The firm’s work ranges from advising clients with respect to “as-of-right” projects not involving discretionary approvals to applications for zoning changes, special permits, variances, landmarks approvals, and interpretations of the Zoning Resolution. Along with experienced attorneys, the firm includes professionals having expertise in architecture, project management and the Building Code.  

Reviews

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Zoraida G.

Presenter very knowledgeable. Materials very informative.

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Stuart N.

Exceptional speaker. Thorough overview on a large topic. Would recommend

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Howard H.

Clear and incisive...excellent lecturer

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Pamela S.

best course I have seen so far!!!

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Helen E.

Very knowledgeable instructor.

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David S.

Very well done and interesting presentation

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Kevin K.

great course ; very informative

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Pari D.

very interesting and explained the zoning.

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Mark W.

Very clear presentation of a complex subject. Informative and enjoyable.

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Susan M.

Great CLE on NYC zoning. It was very interesting and informative! Thank you.

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Paul N.

Presenter made the complicated-uncomp-licated..Great Work

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Tiffany H.

Well done presentation.

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Brian F.

GREAT

EA
Eva A.

very informative

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jay s.

Top presenters will continue to command viewers. This very interesting topic (NYC Zoning) could be a four part series on Zoning and Development which deals with the zoning code and the NYC DOB. I volunteered for and was part of two zoning committees on two different community boards in Brooklyn. This was thorough and comprehensive. Keep hiring talent, and from the top big law firms.

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Lauren M.

Very knowledgeable presenter.

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