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Williamsburg Waterfront 197-a Plan cover Williamsburg Waterfront 197-a Plan, an adopted plan sponsored by Brooklyn Community Board 1 to guide future development of three neighborhoods – South Williamsburg, Southside and Northside – along the East River waterfront, 2002.
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Williamsburg Waterfront 197-a Plan. The plan was modified and approved by the City Planning Commission on December 5, 2001 and deemed approved by the City Council on January 25, 2002. The 197-a planning area is in the southern part of Brooklyn Community District 1, extending south along the East River from Bushwick Inlet (North 14th Street) to the Brooklyn Navy Yard A "working" waterfront for more than 100 years, the area has become increasingly mixed in character as manufacturing declined over the past few decades.

The major goals of the Williamsburg Waterfront Plan are to: increase waterfront access and public open space; encourage growth along the waterfront consistent with the scale and character of adjacent neighborhoods; foster mixed-use development in the Northside and Southside and residential development in South Williamsburg; promote a clean and safe living and working environment; promote local economic development that provides jobs and strengthens the residential and retail sectors; and support and strengthen existing ethnic and income diversity.

The plan's recommendations offer both short-term strategies and long-range land use policy guidelines for the Williamsburg waterfront, including opportunities for development of a continuous waterfront esplanade and new or improved public open spaces, measures to support retention of industry and, where appropriate, zoning proposals to encourage housing or mixed-use development compatible with adjacent communities.

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