For almost 100 years, zoning has played a significant, sometimes controversial role in guiding growth and change in American cities. In 1916, New York City enacted the Nation's first comprehensive zoning resolution. Almost 50 years later, the City adopted its 1961 Zoning Resolution to advance a modern vision of emerging economic, social, environmental, and physical realities. Over the past 50 years, the 1961 Zoning Resolution has evolved to reflect new ideas and realities regarding the City's development. Changes to zoning have often occurred in the context of neighborhood and citywide debates about the nature of growth, change, and preservation.
Co-chaired by New York City Planning Department Director Amanda Burden and Harvard University Professor Jerold S. Kayden, the conference features prominent experts who will describe the challenges facing New York City and the role zoning should and should not play in meeting them. The conference will explore the possibilities and limitations of zoning as a tool to be employed by New York City as it seeks to compete globally, to offer economic and social opportunities for all its citizens, to ensure a sustainable environment, and to enhance its public realm.