Zoning for Jobs is a grassroots advocacy campaign to:


1) Raise public and government awareness of the role the blue-collar sectors play in providing decent jobs and sustaining local economies; and


2) Promote new zoning and finance tools that would provide space for blue-collar industries, prevent displacement and gentrification, encourage reinvestment and the creation of new jobs, and promote healthy, environmentally-friendly, blue-collar communities.


Better Zoning Tools Are Needed to Shape a Better City:


The City is currently proposing numerous zoning changes in both solid industrial areas and in neighborhoods which have historically been a mix of industrial and residential uses where residents often walked to work at nearby blue-collar jobs.  Other areas where re-zonings are not currently proposed are also experiencing real estate speculation and an increase in BSA variance applications.  In aggregate, these changes present a dramatic shift in the City’s allocation of land away from low and moderate income workers and communities.  New zoning and finance tools are needed to allow for development that does not put these jobs and communities at risk.


Campaign Activities


·        Expanding support amongst stakeholders for the policy agenda and developing grassroots leadership for the campaign;

·        Providing technical assistance to neighborhood groups to analyze the impact of zoning changes on their local economies;

·        Advocating before key committees and elected officials including testifying, organizing tours and holding briefing sessions; and

·        Developing programs and policies with the City Council and City Agencies that promote and support blue collar jobs.


Campaign Tools (For more information, click on the tool name.)


·        Industrial Employment Districts: These districts would be located in solid manufacturing areas and would limit the conversion of manufacturing space to other uses.

·        Balanced Mixed Use Zones: These districts would be located in areas with a combination of uses and would preserve a balance between industrial and residential space.

·        Conversion Fees: These fees seek to recapture a portion of the value created by the conversion of industrial space to another use. The revenues from the fees would be used for programs to save displaced jobs.

·        Non-Profit Development Corporations:  These entities would develop affordable and stable industrial space for a variety of industrial companies

·        Board of Standards & Appeals Reform:  Modifications to the BSA process would allow for an appeals process to the City Council

·        Enforcement of the Zoning Code:  Active enforcement would deter illegal conversions of industrial space.


For more information or to sign on to the campaign, contact Jen Roth at 212-404-6990 x12 or [email protected].


Additional resources:


Introductory Zoning For Jobs brochure


Citywide map of residents working in the industrial sector