NYC Department of Transportation Street Design Manual

Your Input Requested for the Future of NYC Streets

The NYC Department of Transportation’s Street Design Manual is a comprehensive outline of street design standards, guidelines, and policies for New York City. The first edition was released in May 2009. The second edition, released in October 2013 and revised in January 2016, was updated based on feedback from users. Now, DOT is working on its third version of the Street Design Manual.

As part of the information-intake phase, DOT has created a survey for those whose work is directly relevant to the manual’s content. Once DOT collects responses, conducts interviews, and processes information, it will begin work on the third edition’s content with a group of industry stakeholders.

Pulse Points

  • The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) released new design guidelines for the construction of new affordable multifamily and senior housing developments. The design requirements include cost-saving measures and ways to promote flood-resistant construction, active design, energy efficiency, and resource conservation.
  • On 05.04.16, AIANY testified at a hearing on the Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment before the New York City Council Committee on Zoning and Franchises.
  • Nnenna Lynch, Director of Development at the real estate development and management firm The Georgetown Company,  was appointed to the New York City Housing Authority Board by Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye.
  • At the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes on 05.10.16, the AIA made two announcements: the AIA will create a resilience curriculum for architects and, along with a group of allied organizations, has released a report on the progress made since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the Building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago. The AIA curriculum is set to be implemented next year, and will include policy and practice-focused resources on research, and training. The AIA will also enhance access to resilient design resources by expanding its existing professional and academic resilience network. Along with the report, the Resilience Building Coalition released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies.