Position Statements


  • Policy Statement on the Need for Energy Planning in the NYC Metropolitan Region

    excerpt: The New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association is deeply concerned about the state of planning for the energy resources needed in the New York City Metropolitan Region. Our concern is based on two factors: the forecasts for significant growth in population and development, and the fact that existing power generation capacity […]

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  • Policy Statement Regarding the Proposed NYC Congestion Pricing Proposal

    excerpt: As presented in previous testimony and policy statements, the professional planners of the New York Metro Chapter recognize that the City’s transportation network is a valuable, but limited resource, attempting to meet nearly unlimited demand. The responsibility of the community is to maintain this resource for the benefit of all users; however in turn, […]

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  • Position Statement on Nuclear Power in the NYC Metropolitan Region

    excerpt: During the past five years, a number of factors have converged to raise the visibility of the debate regarding the expanded use of nuclear power within the New York City Metropolitan Region to generate electricity. The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 – which immediately raised concerns about the safety of existing nuclear power […]

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  • Recommendations on the Jamaica Rezoning Plan

    excerpt: The APA commends the Department of City Planning on a rezoning that will positively shape 368 blocks of the Jamaica area for years to come. The Jamaica Plan should create new economic growth and housing through mixed- use, transit-oriented development in Downtown Jamaica; new development on underutilized blocks in the area adjacent to the […]

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  • Ethel Sheffer’s “Viewpoint” Article in the July 2007 Issue of Planning

    New York’s broad new plan promises much, but will it deliver? asks Ethel Sheffer, aicp, a local planning consultant and president of APA’s New York Metro Chapter. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the news on April 22, Earth Day, when he un- veiled his administration’s plan for New York City’s long-term future. The oddly named PlaNYC […]

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  • Response to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030

    excerpt: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced the creation of a new Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability in the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and formation of a broadly representative Sustainability Advisory Board. He asked them to address the challenges of population growth, aging infrastructure and high-priority environmental risks by formulating a plan for […]

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  • Letter to Governor Elliot Spitzer

    EXCERPT: The NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to offer our congratulations and support for your new administration, and we look forward to assisting you in confronting the challenges now facing New York State. Our Chapter represents 1,200 practicing planners and policy makers involved in the planning and design of the […]

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  • Policy Statement on the Future of Cortland Street

    excerpt: The New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association, representing over 1,200 planning professionals working in the New York area, has followed with interest and has commented upon the plans for redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan for over four years. This letter reflects our concern regarding the Port […]

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  • Supreme Court Eminent Domain Decision Debated at November 30, 2005 Forum

    Summary of discussion. APA Policy Paper on Eminent Domain.

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  • APA NY Metro Chapter Testimony on Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to comment on this significant planning initiative in New York City. The NY Metro Chapter of the APA represents approximately 1000 members in the New York metropolitan region which includes the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, Westchester County and the […]

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