The Envision SoHo/NoHo planning process is an initiative undertaken collaboratively by Manhattan Borough President Brewer, Council Member Margaret Chin, and the Department of City Planning as Process Sponsors to examine key land use and zoning issues in the two neighborhoods and seek community input to develop strategies to both honor SoHo/NoHo’s history and ensure the continued vitality of the neighborhoods.
During the first six months of 2019, the Process Sponsors, with the help of Jonathan Martin of BFJ Planning and Pratt Institute, convened a series of public sessions to hear from the local community on topics including housing, jobs, arts and culture, preservation, retail, quality of life, and creative industries. Insights and findings from the public discussions and Advisory Group meetings are being distilled into a report, expressing values and priorities of the SoHo and NoHo stakeholders and putting forward recommendations.
While we eagerly await the release of this report, the SoHo Broadway Initiative has developed and recently adopted a series of planning goals, which are enthusiastically supported by residential and commercial stakeholders from SoHo Broadway. These goals are designed to meet the primary needs of residential and commercial interests to enhance the unique mixed-use environment while not favoring one group over another. Residential and commercial interests made compromises to create a carefully balanced interconnected set of goals. If one goal is removed or one set of interests favored, the carefully balanced compromise falls apart.
We believe that pursuing strategies that achieve these planning goals will foster an environment that is attractive to residents, businesses and visitors for decades to come:
We hope you will join us in supporting and advocating for practices and policies that work to achieve these goals and create a better SoHo Broadway for residents, businesses, and visitors.
If you would like to set up an information session with the Initiative to discuss these goals and learn more, please contact Executive Director Mark Dicus at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on zoning in SoHo, see the Initiative’s SoHo Zoning Guidebook.