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Council member Donovan Richards to chair zoning subcommittee

New appointments could impact city's land use policy
June 29, 2015 11:30AM

A new appointee to the city’s land use subcommittee on zoning and franchises could influence future land use decisions in the city.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appointed Council member Donovan Richards on the subcommittee on zoning and franchises, according to Capital New York. Council member Mark Weprin previously held the position.

Richards has said he hopes to rezone multiple neighborhoods to facilitate more affordable housing.

“We have an affordable housing crisis,” Richards told Capital. “We are seeing communities of color in particular that are being gentrified and residents are being pushed out, so I want to make sure I do all I can so that as we develop communities the people who help build them can remain in them.”

In turn, Richards’ former position as chair of the environmental protection committee, will be filled by Queens Council member Costa Constantinides. [Capital NY] — Claire Moses