Mr. de Blasio has said he would shorten the timeline for debate on developments before they enter the formal approval process and promote more neighborhood-wide rezonings, as opposed to forcing developers to seek approval for large new projects individually. Mr. de Blasio, along with others, also supports so-called mandatory inclusionary zoning, requiring affordable units when areas are rezoned.
Some questioned whether including a smattering of affordable units in new luxury towers—which would likely still need some mix of government subsidies—is the best way to create a more equal city, as opposed to building affordable projects in low-income neighborhoods. “It’s not going to help central Brooklyn,” said Jerilyn Perine, executive director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, a nonprofit group. “It’s not going to help the housing problems in the South Bronx.”