NYC Department of City Planning Unveils “ZoLa” – a Web-Based Land Use Application

Land Use, Municipal Law

 

On August 25, 2011, the New York City Department of Planning unveiled “ZoLa,” a web based application intended to provide property owners with information regarding NYC Zoning and Land Use regulations.  See Katherine Clarke’s article: City Planning launches all-in-one app to access zoning and land use information, at http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/city-planning-and-department-of-information-technology-launch-all-in-one-app-to-access-zoning-land-use-information.

“ZoLa” is consistent with the City’s recent initiative to increase transparency and help simplify zoning and other governmental processes in New York City.  For example, last winter the Department of City Planning released a new addition of the Zoning Handbook in order to “demystify the New York City Zoning Resolution,” according to City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden.  See Blog Entry by Daniel Braff, NYC DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING ISSUES NEW ZONING HANDBOOK.

 “ZoLa (the Zoning and Land Use Application) is the Department of City Planning’s (DCP) web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application that provides the public with up-to-date zoning and related information for New York City. ZoLa is a collaboration between the departments of City Planning and Information Technology and Telecommunications.”
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/zone/zola_faqs.shtml#faq1.

According to the ZoLa website, users will be able to “find the zoning for your property, discover new proposals for your neighborhood and learn where City Planning initiatives – such as FRESH and the Inclusionary Housing Program – apply throughout New York City.”

For example, by using ZoLa, with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can find out that the property at the southeast corner of Park Ave. and E 79th St. in Manhattan is located in the Upper East Side Historic District, the R10 zoning district, and is designated for multi-family elevator buildings.  This web based application is easy to use and is a useful tool for anyone who owns or is interested in purchasing or developing property in New York City.

As of now, there are no similar web based applications available for Nassau or Suffolk Counties.  However, property owners on Long Island would greatly benefit from an application like ZoLa to help them understand the complex overlay of land use and zoning regulations affecting their own properties.

 To access ZoLa directly, click here: http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/template?applicationName=ZOLA

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