ULURP may sound like a monster (and some people think it is), but it stands for Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and it’s the process by which major land use changes get reviewed and approved in New York City. It’s long, complicated, and involves lots of players, making it difficult for communities to understand how they can have a say in the land-use decisions that impact their neighborhoods.

To help community members understand ULURP — and make sure their concerns are heard during the process — CUP created the workshop-tool What Is ULURP? This toolkit includes a set of activities communities can use to learn about the ULURP process, the different players involved, and the role they play in decision-making.

Inside the toolbox are all the pieces you need to get hands-on with the process, as you take a sandwich through the layers of government and public review required by ULURP. A felt wall chart and player markers make it easy for all participants to see the different approval phases. The included 168-page guidebook uses simple diagrams and case studies to show how ULURP works — and how it sometimes doesn’t work — and provides step-by-step instructions on how to role play the ULURP process.

CUP designed the toolkit in collaboration with designers Lynn Kiang and Katie Lee of Dome, and with the help of dozens of community organizations, advocacy groups, and policy experts who made sure the toolkit meets the specific needs they have for educating their constituents facing neighborhood development issues.

During the development of the toolkit, more than a thousand community members across NYC participated in What Is ULURP? workshops in community meetings, classrooms, labor meetings, staff trainings for organizers, and many other locations.

What People Are Saying…

“The workshop was an incredible success and the attendees really gained a better understanding of ULURP. This information is truly critical for our community as several new developments are coming down the pipeline.”
- Chanel Haliburton, Ocean Hill-Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals

“You can read about ULURP in a book, but you don’t understand it. When you do the workshop, you really LEARN it.”
- participant, Staten Island Rezoning Coalition

 “Before, I was at a public hearing on behalf of the union, advocating for worker’s rights. I heard other people speak [but I didn’t know why they were there]. Now, after this workshop, I understand where the community members fit in.”
- participant, SEIU 32BJ

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Nathan Cummings Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; Capital One; M&T Bank; the Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Clara Amenyo, Cassie Ang, Pema Domingo-Barker, Robert Michael Call, Braden Crooks, Ingrid Haftel, Deja Holden, Sam Holleran, Nick Johnson, Lize Mogel, Valeria Mogilevich, Ronald Morrison, Oscar Nuñez, Jazlyn Patricio-Archer, Frampton Tolbert, Jenn Anne Williams, Sandy Xu


  • CUP
  • Developed by
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Mark Torrey
  • John Mangin
  • Rosten Woo
  • Produced by
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Mark Torrey
  • Dome
  • Designers
  • Lynn Kiang
  • Katie Lee


Fast facts about ULURP
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle
  • March 08, 2019

Another thing that triggers the ULURP process is a proposal from the Department of City Planning or a different city agency to change the zoning in an entire neighborhood.Big drama can break out when neighborhood residents object to ULURP plans. There’s fiery testimony at public hearings. Community groups organize protests.The ULURP process takes several months — and often upward of a year for larger projects.We’ve synthesized our description of how it works with the help of materials from the DCP’s website and the “What is ULURP? Guidebook,” published by the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

  • US China Press
  • March 08, 2019

城市教育中心(Center for Urban Pedagogy)项目经理托瑞(Mark Torrey)介绍, ULURP是纽约市区划制度的运作核心, 任何与当前区划不一致的开发提议都必须申请进行ULURP。ULURP是一个标准化的流程,其目的是让影响城市土地使用的项目申请通过公众参与的审核。该过程主要包括申请、认证及各部门的审查。纽约宪章也规定了该流程中各部分的决策时间。ULURP主要的参与包括市规划局、市规划委员会、社区委员会、区长、区委员会、市议会及市长。

The Center for Urban Pedagogy
  • Franknews
  • May 22, 2018

For most of our projects, community organizations apply to work with us, and they tell us what issues they’re having a hard time explaining to their constituents. What policy or planning process they’re having a hard time explaining, and why that’s creating injustice in their community