Community engagement is essential to creating a North Shore Action Plan that leads to meaningful public and private investment, increased opportunity, and a higher quality of life for North Shore communities. The success of the study will, first and foremost, rely upon the input of North Shore residents – the project’s “inside experts.” The Community and Technical Advisory Committees, which consists of civic organizations, elected officials, and public agencies, are helping the city in this outreach effort, ensuring that a broad and diverse group of individuals get engaged in the making of the plan.
November 2010 Open Houses
NYCDCP and NYCEDC held two public meetings in November 2010 to present the draft recommendations, get feedback, and establish priorities for implementation. The presentation and a summary of the recommendations can be found here. Following the presentation, participants were broken into discussion groups based on neighborhoods. The groups, after discussing the draft recommendations and overall vision, focused on identifying key short term priorities which could be implemented in the next 3-5 years. A summary of the group discussions will be posted shortly. Please check back soon.
Feedback from the public meetings will be used to finalize the North Shore recommendations, draft the final report and craft an implementation plan. Please send us your comments online.
2009 Open Houses and Visioning Sessions
Two rounds of public Open Houses and Visioning sessions were held on April and November 2009 to gain an understanding of the community’s needs a vision for the North Shore for over the next 20 years. In addition, NYCEDC and NYCDCP held numerous listening sessions with local stakeholders, including representatives of North Shore neighborhood groups, the maritime industry, environmental groups, local civic organizations and Community Board 1. These meetings helped identify potential future land uses and infrastructure investments, and suggestions gathered from the public were incorporated into the draft recommendations presented in November 2010.
The presentations from these early public meetings may be viewed at NYCEDC’s website.
At the November 2009 Open House and Visioning session, the community was invited to participate in the Budget Game, an exercise developed to help prioritize infrastructure, investments, and land use decisions on the North Shore. Presented with an imaginary budget of $500 and a list of possible projects, participants were asked to decide how to spend their budget. The main categories featured proposed improvements in mobility, the creation and retention of jobs, the revitalization of commercial centers, and the restoration and provision of open space, all of which addressed issues raised by stakeholders in previous meetings. The projects varied from short-term, less expensive improvements to long-term, budget intensive projects. In groups, the participants were asked to reach a consensus on how their budget would be spent. The results of the Budget Game helped identify community priorities and informed the draft recommendations presented in November 2010.
To view the Budget Game exercise and the results, please click on the links below.