De Blasio considers four potential city planning heads

January 11, 2014 12:00PM

 Mayor Bill de Blasio is close to naming a new commissioner of city planning, a position that will be key to the mayor’s affordable housing agenda.

Thus far, four names are under consideration, according to Crain’s: Harriet Tregoning, the current director of city planning in Washington, D.C.; Anna Hayes Levin, a member of the City Planning Commission; former City Planning Commission member Karen Phillips; and Mitchell Silver, the head of city planning in Raleigh, N.C.

One of the more interesting potential picks is Tregoning, who is known for her “smart growth,” walkability and bike initiatives – Tregoning regularly bikes to work, according to Crian’s.

One source told Crian’s that Tregoning “has a real shot,” while others noted that as a New York City outsider, she might not possess the detailed understanding of NYC’s complicated land-use review procedure necessary for the job. [Crain’s] Christopher Cameron