Two distinct Charter Revision Commissions got underway in New York City in 2018, one formed by the Mayor and another by the City Council. While operating on/with different timelines, each group’s task is the same: to review the city charter, hold public hearings and, potentially, place initiatives on the ballot.
Pratt Center has been providing expert testimony to both comissions in support of more equitable and comprehensive planning processes, building on lessons learned in our technical assistance and capacity building work in neighborhoods targeted for rezonings. In July, Pratt Center’s Director of Policy, Elena Conte accepted an invitation from the Mayor’s 2018 Commission to speak on the topics of Community Board reform and Land Use – advocating for greater representation on boards, including term limits, and greater assistance to Community Boards on not just land use applications but broad based planning, and a comprehensive planning framework.
Gotham Gazette quoted her as saying,
On September 27, Pratt Center’s Senior Planner, Paula Crespo, presented testimony before the 2019 City Council Commission, arguing for a more comprehensive approach to planning in NYC and the potential for such planning to address issues like residential displacement and the implementation of fair share requirements. She stated,
Read the full testimony here.
The 2018 commission wrapped up its work in September with the release of three proposed amendments related to campaign finance, civic engagement and community boards. The proposals will appear on the November ballot, and can be viewed here. The 2019 Commission will conclude its work next year, with any potential proposals appearing on the November 2019 ballot.