Public outreach and involvement are important components of the Gowanus Canal Corridor Framework study. The Department is conducting a series of meetings, hosted by Brooklyn Community Board 6, to engage community members in a meaningful dialogue that will help shape the Department's recommendations to guide future land use changes in the Gowanus Canal area.
Beginning on January 25, 2007, the Department held a series of meetings to discuss the proposed land use framework. On May 29, 2008, the Department presented a draft rezoning proposal for the area based on this framework. Future public meetings will be held to further discuss and build consensus on the rezoning proposal for the Gowanus Canal Corridor. The dates and locations of those meetings will be posted on this web site.
Over the course of the next several months, the Department will work with the community to continue to refine the draft rezoning proposal. Implementation of this proposal will require preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to study the potential impacts the rezoning would have on the neighborhood. A draft scope of work which details the topics to be addressed in the DEIS, the methods of analysis to be used, and possible alternatives to mitigate or eliminate potential significant impacts of the proposed action will be prepared. A public scoping meeting will be held to solicit comments on the draft scope from all affected and interested parties. Upon completion of the draft EIS the official public review process (ULURP) begins with certification and referral of the land use applications.
The Department is coordinating its efforts with those of other City and State agencies working in this area, including the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination (OEC), the Mayor's Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and others.
For additional information, contact the Department of City Planning's Brooklyn Borough Office at (718) 780-8280.
Overview | Land Use Framework | Draft Zoning Proposal | Public Outreach
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