On March 24, 2021, DID membership approved a resolution against the NYC Comprehensive Long-Term Planning Bill (Intro 2186)
The following letter was included with the resolution:
March 24, 2021
Hon. Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayor
Hon. Corey Johnson, NYC Council Speaker
Hon. Margaret Chin, Carlina Rivera, NYC Council Members
Hon. Gale Brewer. Manhattan Borough President
Dear Mayor de Blasio, Council Members Chin and Rivera, Speaker Johnson, and BP Brewer,
Enclosed please find a resolution approved by Downtown Independent Democrats General Membership on March 24, 2021:
Speaker Johnson's Comprehensive Long-Term Planning Bill opens the door to developer takeover of the city's planning processes, displacement of existing residents, and co-option of community spaces for real-estate interests. Under this legislation, community voices are minimized and community input diminished. Community groups from Lower Manhattan and across the city have written an open letter against this long-term planning bill.
The solution to planning friction is to include more community control over the planning process, not remove community participation and feedback. Change comes from bottom-up organizing and community participation in local decision-making, not top-down impositions.
Consequently, DID asks that you VOTE NO on Intro 2186.
President, Downtown Independent Democrats
cc: Hon. Andrew Cuomo, NYS Governor
Hon. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader