The City Planning Commission has given Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan a thumbs up.
By a vote of 9 to 3, with one abstention, the commission approved the controversial plan that was voted down by 11 of Queens’ 14 community boards and the full Borough Board in December.
The approval from the commission gives new life to the proposals, which were also voted down by community boards in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan. With the commission’s approval, the plan, which requires developers to set aside 25 to 30 percent of housing to be affordable, goes before the City Council. The body is divided on the issue.
Opposition to the proposal stems from what the plan deems “affordable.” – a citywide number versus varying numbers by neighborhood – and other concerns, such as waving parking requirements for some developments near public transit.
In response to Wednesday’s vote, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), chairman of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises said, “We look forward to moving on to the next phase of the process by giving these plans a thorough review during next week’s two Council hearings.”