Regional Plan Association calls for lifting state-imposed cap on residential building size

An influential urban planning group has thrown its weight behind scrapping a size limit on city residential buildings in the name of preventing displacement.

In its fourth long-term plan, the Regional Plan Association shifted its focus toward housing the metro region’s growing population without exacerbating the exodus of those struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living, according to Moses Gates, the group’s director of community planning and design.

The plan, slated to be released Thursday, contends the city could bolster its stock of affordable housing by changing a state law capping the size of residential buildings. Gates said the measure makes it difficult for the city to implement its new affordable housing program in affluent areas like the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, Downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City, where city zoning rules already allow buildings to hit the state maximum.

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