Politicians are good at coming up with plans, proposals and white papers. The Bloomberg administration has been surprisingly good at enacting them.
PlaNYC begat 127 ideas for making New York more sustainable and cutting its carbon footprint by 30 percent. This begat the Green Codes building proposals, released almost two year ago, with 138 specific proposals for improving the city’s environmental profile.
The challenge has been enacting those ideas, which the City Council has been doing in bill after bill for the past year. Now, the Department of City Planning is getting in on the act, and yesterday it released a handful of new zoning amendments that will make certain sustainable building practices easier to do without seeking special approvals.
It will take the standard seven months of public review for these proposals to take effect, but if they succeed, expect a lot more solar panels and greenhouses. It has not always been easy to build green in New York, which despite its self image is not always a leader in this field. The hope is, with these zoning changes, that can get a little easier.