Urban Development Summit

February 01, 2018  
New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street
8:30AM - 11:45AM
Future of Land Use, Zoning and Affordable Housing in NYC
Event Description

City & State’s Urban Development Summit will bring together 200+ housing, development and infrastructure professionals from across the state, including elected officials, real estate developers, engineers, construction managers, and innovators from both the public and private sectors. This forum will address current trends, big projects, major issues in an effort to expand and grow local neighborhoods and the overall economy.


Registration & Networking Breakfast


Opening Keynote

James Patchett, President & CEO, NYC Economic Development Corporation 


The Future of Housing Development in New York

How do we build new developments, and reinvigorate neighborhoods in the outer boroughs through affordable housing options, without "gentrifying" the area and displacing the original population? How can we balance new development to address the housing crisis with the effort to preserve historically relevant landmarks and districts in New York?  How can we create opportunities for New York City’s neighborhoods to build a permanent, alternative market of affordable homes for ownership?

  • Nicole Ferreira, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Finance, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Molly Park, Deputy Commissioner for Development, Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Chair, Housing and Buildings
  • Paula Roy Carethers, Executive Vice President for Real Estate, New York City Housing Development Corporation

Rezoning NYC

What are the most important zoning changes being made pursuant to the existing NYC zoning laws? We look to the recent rezoning of the East New York, Downtown Far Rockaway, East Midtown and new projects like East Harlem to see how contemporary zoning adjustments take place, and what kind of economic development and impact they have.

  • Carlo Scissura, President, New York Building Congress (moderator)
  • Council Member Donovan Richards, Chair, Subcommittee on Zoning
  • Council Member Fernando Cabrera, Member, Committee on Housing and Buildings

Historic District Designations and Effects on Land Use

Time and time again courts have ruled that local governments have the powers to institute land use laws - historic designation is one of them in NYC. Panelists will discuss how designation of land use in relation to historic districts and landmark preservation affects property values both within district boundaries and in the buffer areas just outside district boundaries, and explores how these effects vary across neighborhoods.

  • Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

Sessions Conclude