The Department of City Planning (DCP) promotes strategic growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable communities in the City, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide. It supports the City Planning Commission and each year reviews more than 500 land use applications for actions such as zoning changes and disposition of City property. The Department assists both government agencies and the public by providing policy analysis and technical assistance relating to housing, transportation, community facilities, demography, waterfront and public space.

The Design Trust prides itself in operating under the radar but if you looked at my script at city planning you would think that they are very much present in what we are doing and a very, very powerful influence. At the heart of our urban design plans is public space‚Äďand the importance of public space is one of the most important influences of the Design Trust.

Amanda Burden, May 2003