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Open Industrial Uses
Introduction | Updates | Report | Advisory Committee | Contact Us

The Department of City Planning and New York City Interagency Project Team for the Open Industrial Uses Study (OIUS) will provide periodic updates as the study progresses. The team also consults with Federal, State, and City Agencies on relevant regulatory topics. The Interagency Team includes:

OIUS Short-Term Schedule
OIUS Short-Term Schedule
Open Industrial Uses Sales Tax Exemption Program (OIUSTEP)
January 1st, 2014

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On November 12th, 2013, the New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved a sales tax exemption program to incentivize and assist open industrial uses in the implementation of the study’s recommendations. Companies may apply for The Open Industrial Uses Sales Tax Exemption Program (OIUSTEP) between January 1st, 2014 and December 31st, 2016 and may receive a maximum sales tax benefit amount of $100,000 per company. The program provides companies with sales tax exemptions for the purchase of building materials to renovate and improve unenclosed industrial materials storage facilities in order to implement cost-effective pollution prevention controls and to create stronger safeguards for hazardous materials in the city’s flood zones.  Please contact for more information.

Draft Recommendations – July 31, 2013
On July 31, 2013 the Open Industrial Uses Study project team met with the External Advisory Committee to present the draft recommendations for the study.  The draft recommendations were developed through a six-month engineering analysis with consultants HDR and Parsons Brinkerhoff.     The recommendations include regulatory amendments to the Zoning Resolution, Building Code, and Air Pollution Control Code, that will improve environmental conditions in industrial areas, support economic development and protect communities. Recognizing that the six open industrial use types that would be required to make facility upgrades as a result of the regulatory changes provide important services and employment for New Yorkers, the study team is reviewing the city’s industrial incentive programs to determine whether new types of assistance are appropriate. The study also recommends supportive programming, including education, and technical assistance.  The six uses include concrete/asphalt manufacturing, scrap metal processing, auto wrecking and salvage, waste recycling, construction and demolition debris transfer stations, and unenclosed storage of usable materials.

Specifically, the proposed amendments to Zoning Resolution would require existing and new open industrial uses to comply with prescriptive site design standards, rather than PDF Document performance standards. The performance standards in the Zoning Text were established in 1961 and are inconsistent with newer, superseding codes that offer more comprehensive regulations for environmental performance in New York City.   The new site design standards are consistent with national best practices and include paving, grading, drainage, and containment infrastructure designed to improve water and air quality.  These standards will apply to all new uses and, with the exception of construction and demolition debris transfer stations (C&D), will also apply retroactively to existing uses.  The C&D facilities are stringently regulated currently by the Sanitation Department and the State Department of Environmental Conservation. The retroactive requirements will have a five-year period for compliance.  Additionally, urban design requirements will apply to new uses including planting and buffering on residence district boundaries, and off-street loading berths even where there are no buildings on site.  The proposal also supports complementary code amendments to the Building Code that specifies flood hazard mitigation requirements for open industrial uses, as well as informational signage requirements similar to those for construction sites and a technical change regarding maximum fence heights.

A Stronger, More Resilient New York – June 11, 2013
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On June 11, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg announced, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a comprehensive plan that includes actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide. The Open Industrial Uses Study is included as “Initiative 1” in the Environmental Protection and Remediation chapter.  The initiative addresses the safe storage of materials in the flood zone and supports OIUS’s objectives to provide for cost-effective measures that can help to make the City’s industrial areas stronger, safer, and more resilient to climate change.   

External Advisory Committee Meeting #3 – May 22, 2013
On May 22nd, 2013 the OIUS External Advisory Committee met to discuss the prototypical site analysis and financial feasibility assessment prepared by the City’s consultant team, HDR and Parsons Brinckerhoff. This task consisted of an analysis of existing and applied pollution prevention controls on six example sites. The analysis generated a prioritized list of site design standards that are under review by the Advisory Committee and Interagency Team. The preferred list falls into three categories: structural pollution prevention controls, such as paving, grading, drainage, containment, and dust-suppression; flood resiliency measures; and other urban design standards that may address improvements to the general business environment. City Planning will continue to receive feedback on this work over the next months as draft recommendations are developed with the partner agencies.

External Advisory Committee Meeting #2 – April 26, 2013
The OIUS External Advisory Committee convened for a second meeting on April 26th, 2013 to discuss the regulatory context of the study.   Throughout March and April, the Department of City Planning met with each government agency that manages regulation and programs relevant to the open industrial use categories.  The results of this analysis were presented to the Advisory Committee, informing an outline of existing regulatory frameworks, as well as opportunities for improved coordination between agencies and programs.   Multiple agency representatives were also present, offering additional comments and clarifications on the material and scope of the study.  The consultant on the project provided an update regarding the ongoing prototypical site analysis and financial feasibility analysis. The results of this next task will be discussed at the following meeting in May. 

External Advisory Committee Meeting #1 – March 11, 2013
On Monday March 11th, the Department of City Planning convened the first External Advisory Committee meeting to review progress on the engineering phase of the Open Industrial Uses Study (OIUS).

The Committee — including key stakeholder groups, such as industrial companies, environmental advocates and community advocates — provided guidance on the study and outreach process.  The committee members responded in support of the work to date and had positive feedback on the materials.  In particular, members discussed that the study should help improve the general business environment in manufacturing zones, while minimizing impacts from open industrial uses to adjacent businesses and residents.  The committee also discussed how OIUS can address climate change and protect the waterfront during flood events.  Agency partners — EDC, DEP, DSNY, and OER — also attended the meeting to respond to feedback and questions about the study.

Preliminary Stakeholder Meeting – January 2013
In January, the Department of City Planning organized two stakeholder meetings to introduce the open industrial uses study to organizations and businesses interested in the study.  The meetings included a general overview of the study, a summary of the key objectives and an outline of the strategy and process. 



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