Jocelyne Chait
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Achieving a Balance

Jocelyne Chait is an independent planning consultant with extensive experience in comprehensive community-based planning in New York City. She has collaborated with local and citywide organizations and institutions, city agencies and elected officials on a number of planning initiatives and research projects, ranging from Bronx Center, a plan to develop a Bronx “downtown,” to a citywide study of cooperative and condominium conversion activity. For the past ten years she has focused on planning under Section 197-a of the New York City Charter. Ms Chait has a degree in Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College, CUNY. She received a Design Trust fellowship for Achieving a Balance: Housing and Open Space in Bronx Community Board 3.

Personal Statement

My fellowship with the Design Trust provided the opportunity to facilitate a comprehensive dialogue between local residents and community gardeners in Bronx Community District 3, city agencies such as the Parks Department and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and local and citywide open space organizations, aimed at developing a consensus on housing and open space development in the district. The Design Trust’s management approach and accessibility helped substantially to advance the goals of the project and to achieve concrete, realistic, and broadly accepted recommendations that continue to inform planning and development decisions in the area.

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