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Introduction to New York City Zoning Law

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Produced on March 16, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 21m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Real Estate Administrative

Course Description

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

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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. 


Lawrence R.

The program was broadcast with an Excellent presenter which took care to explain nuances and subleties which formerly appeared to be one and the same.

Lee N.

Lots of great information. I plan to watch this video again.

arelia t.

Exceeded my expectations and I learned so much!

Richard W.

Good Program

Diane M.

excellent materials

Paul A.

Fascinating subject. Excellent presentation

James D.

Great examples and I loved the taking of questions!

Alan S.

Better than excellent. Every member of every community board and every member of the city council should be required to take this course.

Zoraida G.

Presenter very knowledgeable. Materials very informative.

Stuart N.

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

Howard H.

Clear and incisive...excellent lecturer

Pamela S.

best course I have seen so far!!!

Helen E.

Very knowledgeable instructor.

David S.

Very well done and interesting presentation

Kevin K.

great course ; very informative

Pari D.

very interesting and explained the zoning.

Mark W.

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

Susan M.

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

Paul N.

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

Tiffany H.

Well done presentation.

Brian F.


Eva A.

very informative

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.

Lauren M.

Very knowledgeable presenter.

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