City may soon track all the promises it makes on land use deals

Legislation would require progress reports, creation of public database

David Greenfield and Bill de Blasio
David Greenfield and Bill de Blasio

Land use deals are often political maneuvers that are years in the making and hard to track. But under newly proposed legislation, the city would be required to log any such promise in a public database, and to provide progress reports on such deals.

The measure cleared the land use committee Wednesday, Politico reported, and is expected to be passed by the City Council today.

The proposed legislation would require annual progress reports to the mayor.

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“The biggest complaint that we have in the rezonings is that all these promises are made, nobody’s really sure what the promises are and many of these promises take, in some cases, decades to achieve,” land use chairman David Greenfield said.

The de Blasio administration is eyeing 15 rezonings as part of its ambitious plan to create 80,000 new low- to middle-income apartments. [Politico]E.B. Solomont