New York City Department of City Planning veteran Purnima Kapur has been appointed the next executive director of the agency, according to a statement from City Planning. Ms. Kapur is currently the director of the department’s Brooklyn office.
Carl Weisbrod, the chairman of City Planning said the appointment would “enable the agency to advance a comprehensive, ground-up, community-based approach to planning in order to help achieve the Mayor’s ambitious housing objectives, accelerate economic growth and foster livable, resilient neighborhoods,” in the statement.
After joining the department as a planner in 1989, Ms. Kapur has led the Bronx and Brooklyn offices, according to the statement. She was responsible for approximately 40 rezonings, which led to access to waterfront and open space and the development of much-needed housing, according to the statement.
Ms. Kapur was largely involved in increasing the affordable housing proportion in the Brooklyn waterfront Domino Sugar factory redevelopment project, according to the statement.
“Purnima Kapur has a distinguished record of … negotiating with developers and forging consensus that is essential for the successful management of our ambitious agenda,” said Mr. Weisbrod in the statement.