APA NY Metro Chapter Planning Priorities Letter to Mayor de Blasio

The Chapter prepared a position statement on planning priorities for the city that was sent to Mayor William de Blasio.
We would like to thank all our members who responded to our survey and submitted comments, and specifically the sub-committee who helped organize this letter:

Michael Levine, AICP – Vice President Intergovernmental Affairs
Hilary Papineau, AICP
Robert Balder, AICP
Larisa Ortiz
Kovid Saxena, AICP – Vice President of Programs

We also would like to recognize our partner advocacy organizations: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Legal Services- NYC (LS-NYC), and New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), for their input.


Congratulations on being elected the 109th mayor of New York City. As you begin a new chapter in New York’s rich history, we hope to work with you in formulating your policy agenda on issues related to the physical, social and economic environment of the City.

The New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is part of a 40,000-member national organization and represents 1,300 practicing planners, urban design and community development professionals involved in the planning and design of the region’s communities across New York’s metropolitan region. The Chapter has surveyed its general membership and worked closely with its committees of issue-area experts to write this letter identifying the most critical urban issues facing your administration along with solutions and strategies to effectively plan for a healthy, sustainable, and just city. The Chapter also recognizes input from our diverse partner organizations for their contributions: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), and Legal Services New York City (LS-NYC). In this capacity, the Chapter and its partners hope to collaborate closely with your administration on planning- related issues that affect the City both in the immediate future and for the long-term.

The Chapter strongly agrees with your major goal of restoring a sense of equity and inclusion. For all of the economic success the City has experienced in recent years, the benefits have been concentrated in too few places and the result has been a city increasingly divided along socioeconomic lines. We offer an alternative vision that supports your values and presents an opportunity to strengthen our City’s economy, resiliency, and quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Read the full letter here.