Zoning at 100: A Symposium for the Future

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 8 am – 5 pm

Program Co-Chairs:

Carl WeisbrodDirector, New York City Department of City Planning | Chair, New York City Planning Commission

Jerold S. KaydenFrank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design | Harvard University Graduate School of Design

  • In 1916, New York City enacted the nation’s first comprehensive zoning resolution controlling the use and development of land throughout the city. The new law arose primarily out of concerns that towering office buildings were overwhelming light and air at street level and incompatible land uses were locating next to each other. Almost half a century later, in 1961, with a different set of concerns, New York City enacted a new zoning resolution that introduced for the first time an explicit cap on building density and encouraged more open space on private property at street level. Today, a century after enactment of the 1916 Resolution, the city in the 21st century faces a new set of social, economic, and environmental challenges and the question arises – does the city need a new zoning resolution to address them? The New York City Department of City Planning created this one-day symposium to explore how zoning may be deployed in New York and around the world to create more equitable, productive, sustainable, and livable cities.

    Over 25 lawyers, planners, designers, and other professionals from New York, other US cities, and other cities abroad well-versed in the field of zoning will speak about the history of New York’s zoning, the zoning and land-use regulatory experience in five United States and four international cities, the link between planning and zoning, and the advisability of creating a new zoning resolution.

    Attorney: $399 Member | $449 Nonmember
    Non-Attorney Professional: $399
    Full-Time Nonprofit/Gov’t/Academic & Student: $199 Member | $225 Nonmember
    (Full-Time Nonprofit/Gov’t/ Academic & Student rate cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.)

    AIA has approved this program for 8.0 LU | HSW CES credits in 2 sessions, 4.0 in morning & 4.0 in afternoon.

    APA has approved this program for continuing education credit.

  • Faculty

    Dominique Alba
    Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), Paris Urban Planning Agency

    John H. Banks, III
    Real Estate Board of New York

    Richard Barth
    Executive Director (2003-2014)
    New York City Department of City Planning
    Executive Vice President, Land Use and Housing Strategies
    Capalino + Company

    Gail Benjamin
    Director (1990-2014), Land Use Division
    New York City Council

    Eugenie L. Birch
    Penn Institute for Urban Research
    Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Education & Research
    University of Pennsylvania School of Design

    Peter Bishop
    Professor in Urban Design
    The Bartlett School of Architecture
    Faculty of the Built Environment
    University College London
    Allies and Morrison Architects

    Bill de Blasio
    City of New York

    Alexander Cooper, FAIA
    Founding Partner
    Cooper Robertson

    Maurice Cox
    Director, Planning and Development Department
    City of Detroit

    Ana Gelabert-Sanchez
    Gelabert-Sanchez LLC
    Design Critic
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    MaryAnne Gilmartin
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Forest City Ratner Companies

    Alicia Glen
    Deputy Mayor, Housing and Economic Development
    City of New York

    Alan Greenberger
    Distinguished Teaching Professor
    Drexel University

    Maxine Griffith
    Executive Vice President for Government and Community Affairs
    Columbia University

    Roderick M. Hills, Jr.
    William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law
    New York University School of Law

    Sonia Hirt
    University of Maryland School of Architecture,
    Planning and Preservation (starting October 1, 2016)

    Purnima Kapur
    Executive Director
    New York City Department of City Planning

    David M. Karnovsky
    General Counsel (1999-2014)
    New York City Department of City Planning
    Partner, Real Estate
    Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    Anita Laremont
    General Counsel
    New York City Department of City Planning

    Gifford Miller
    Speaker (2002-2006)
    New York City Council
    Signature Urban Properties

    Kei Minohara
    Minohara Project Conductor’s Office

    Theresa O’Donnell
    Chief Resilience Officer
    City of Dallas

    Sherida E. Paulsen

    Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
    Founding Principal
    DPZ Partners, LLC
    Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture
    and Director, Master in Urban Design Program
    University of Miami

    John S. Rahaim
    Planning Director
    City and County of San Francisco

    David Reifman
    Department of Planning and Development
    City of Chicago

    Raquel Rolnik
    Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
    University of Sao Paulo

    Paul D. Selver
    Partner, Co-Chair, Land Use Department
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

  • 8:00 – 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome
    Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
    9:00 – 9:30 am Opening Remarks
    Jerold S. Kayden & Carl Weisbrod
    9:30 – 9:45 am The Origins of New York City Zoning
    Sonia Hirt
    9:45 – 10:30 am The Record of the 1916 and 1961 New York City Zoning Resolutions
    Moderator: Anita Laremont
    Speakers: Richard Barth, Alexander Cooper & Paul D. Selver
    10:30 – 10:45 am Break
    10:45 – 12:00 pm Zoning in the United States: Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, and San Francisco
    Moderator: Purnima Kapur
    Speakers: Maurice Cox, Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, Theresa O’Donnell, John Rahaim & David Reifman
    12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
    1:00 – 2:15 pm Zoning Abroad: London, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo
    Moderator: Alicia Glen
    Speakers: Dominique Alba, Peter Bishop, Kei Minohara & Raquel Rolnik
    2:15 – 3:15 pm Zoning and Planning
    Moderator: Eugenie L. Birch
    Speakers: MaryAnne Gilmartin, Maxine Griffith, Roderick M. Hills, Jr. & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
    3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
    3:30 – 4:45 pm Every Half Century: Is Now the Time for a “New” New York City Zoning Resolution?
    Moderator: Jerold S. Kayden
    Speakers: John H. Banks, III, Gail Benjamin, Alan Greenberger, David M. Karnovsky,
    Gifford Miller & Sherida E. Paulsen
    4:45 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
    Jerold S. Kayden & Carl Weisbrod

  • NY: 6.5 professional practice
    NJ: 6.9 general
    CA: 6.5 general
    PA: 5.5 general

    AIA has approved this program for 8.0 LU | HSW CES credits in 2 sessions, 4.0 in morning & 4.0 in afternoon.

    APA has approved this program for continuing education credit.

  • Symposium Sponsors:
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    Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Land Use Planning and Zoning | David M. Karnovsky, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Maricela Alfonso| Membership and CLE Relations Associate| (212) 382-6608 |