NYC Land Use Approvals

Urban Planning

Fall 2012

Eldad Gothelf, instructor

This course took a real-world approach to examining the various land use approval processes in New York City. Students reviewed the ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) public review process, the Board of Standards and Appeals variance process, the Landmarks Preservation Commission procedures and other elements of governmental approval processes. Students attended public hearings, reviewed past cases and critically analyzed what gets approved, what does not and why. By following current and past development projects through these processes, students gained an understanding of the interplay between planning and politics.

Greg Mirza-Avakyan A/B
Qian Wang C