As Mayor Bill de Blasio approaches his last 15 months in office, CHPC is one of numerous advocates and policy organizations urging the City of New York to seize the crucial opportunity of rezoning SoHo/ NoHo.

Although the lower Manhattan neighborhood was once a haven of opportunity and affordability for low-income New Yorkers and struggling artists, it has since transformed into one of the most expensive districts in the country, characterized by luxury retail and high-end fashion. In 2019, the City launched a process to update the area’s outdated and onerous zoning laws and once again share in the benefits that SoHo/ NoHo has to offer. Yet the rezoning has since been stalled due to opposition from local stakeholders. 

Rezoning SoHo/NoHo is a an important legacy that cannot afford to be put off any longer. It is an opportunity for the City to apply the values and goals embodied by its Where We Live initiative to affirmatively further fair housing, to combat rather than just study the continued impacts of segregation, and advance more equitable development for New York City moving forward.

In this issue brief, CHPC explains why this rezoning is so important to advance, refutes the arguments put forth by its opponents, and contextualizes the barriers to rezoning within the prior actions of the de Blasio administration.


CHPC explains why rezoning SoHo/NoHo is an important legacy that cannot afford to be put any longer, and a crucial first step towards a more equitable development framework for NYC. 

The Final Countdown

Rezoning SoHo/NoHo is one of five housing policies recommended by CHPC to end the current mayoral administration with progress & results.

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City Limits OpEd on Rezoning SoHo/NoHo

CHPC’s Executive Director Jessica Katz authored “The Window is Closing to Rezone for a More Equitable SoHo,” an opinion piece in City Limits.

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Where We Live NYC Draft Plan

Removing unnecessary barriers to affordable housing development is identified as a key strategy for promoting equitable development in the draft plan from Where We Live NYC, the City’s initiative to affirmatively futher fair housing. 

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