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Public Workshops

Vision 2020 is the result of a major planning effort involving thousands of people engaged in, and passionate about, the waterfront and waterways. In developing the plan, the Department of City Planning reached out to government agencies, independent groups, and members of the public for their ideas and recommendations. In addition, City Planning conducted an extensive outreach campaign to solicit input from waterfront enthusiasts, waterfront property owners, community boards, recreational boaters, and other interested members of the public.
This participatory process was conducted in three phases:

Phase 1: Identify Goals and Issues, Spring 2010
In this phase, City Planning identified the full scope of goals and issues for the plan to address. The selection was based on the department’s survey of existing conditions and resources on the waterfront. On April 8th, 2010, the department presented the plan’s initial goals and took comments from the public. See the complete presentation here.

PDF Document Read a summary of comments received.

Phase 2: Identify Opportunities and Priorities, Summer 2010
During Phase 2, City Planning held public workshops to work with advocates, residents, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to advance the goals identified during phase 1. The department held a public workshop in each borough and two additional meetings to focus on “the Blue Network” – issues that are not specific to any one borough but which affect the waterways themselves.

PDF Document Read a summary of the workshops.

Phase 3: Identify Recommendations, Fall 2010
In this phase, the City Planning reviewed the information collected from the public workshops and suggestions made online and by email. Based on this review, and from discussions with partnering City agencies, the planning team drafted a set of PDF Document Draft Recommendations that were posted online in September. A public meeting was held on October 12th, 2010 to present the Draft Recommendations of Vision 2020 and receive comments.  View the presentation

PDF Document Read a summary of comments received.

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- Photo by Ian Douglas, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

This material was prepared for the New York State Department of State, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

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