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Gowanus Canal Corridor Framework
Draft Zoning Proposal
Overview | Land Use Framework | Draft Zoning Proposal | Public Outreach

Gowanus Draft Zoning Proposal

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Building upon the framework developed in a series of meetings with Community Board 6 over the past year, the Department of City Planning recently shared with Community Board 6 its draft rezoning proposal for 25 blocks along the Gowanus Canal. The proposal seeks to address many of the shared goals outlined during the development of the framework, including:

  • Allowing for a mix of uses, including residential, in certain areas currently zoned for manufacturing uses - framework subareas A and B
  • Maintaining areas for continued industrial as well as commercial uses
  • Creating opportunities for public access at the canal's edge
  • Enlivening the streetscape with pedestrian-friendly, active ground-floor uses
  • Promoting affordable housing through the City's Inclusionary Housing Program
  • Establishing limits for height and density that consider neighborhood context as well as other shared goals
The draft zoning proposal for the area identifies maximum floor area ratios, limits on height and setback, and other zoning provisions for this 25-block area.

Click here to see the Department’s draft zoning proposal.

In response to requests from the local community to establish a dialogue on land use issues in the Gowanus Canal area, the Department began working with the community in 2007 to develop a framework to guide future land use changes. Read more on the Department's outreach efforts

The framework identified shared goals and priorities such as permitting a mix of uses and providing public access at the edge of the Gowanus Canal, as well as urban design guidelines for density and building height. Read more about the Gowanus Canal Corridor Framework.

Gowanus Canal Corridor Study Area Map

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The framework initially considered close to 60 blocks zoned for manufacturing along the Gowanus Canal. Analysis of existing land use and business activity revealed that the majority of these blocks include a mix of active industrial, manufacturing, commercial and arts-related uses. In subareas C and E, and the portion of subarea D east of Hoyt Street on PDF Icon the study subarea map, maintenance of the current manufacturing zoning is appropriate to support the continuation of these uses. Other areas including approximately 25 blocks in subareas A and B are characterized by lower levels of industrial and commercial activity, higher levels of vacancy and underutilization, and existing pockets of residential uses. The Department proposes rezoning these areas to permit a mix of uses, including residential, commercial, retail, light industrial, community facility and artist spaces.

Manifacturing and industrial uses on Second Ave
Manufacturing and industrial uses on Second Ave
Mix of residential and commercial uses on Third Ave
Mix of residential and commercial uses on Third Ave

Overview | Land Use Framework | Draft Zoning Proposal | Public Outreach

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