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.
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.
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.