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Staten Island West Shore - Land Use & Transportation Study


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o	West Shore wetlands
West Shore wetlands
o	New York Container Terminal
New York Container Terminal
o	Recent retail development
Recent retail development
Historic neighborhoods
Historic neighborhoods
The West Shore Land Use and Transportation study, managed by the Department of City Planning and the Economic Development Corporation, was recommended by the Mayor’s Staten Island Growth Management Task Force. The Task Force consists of the Borough President, all three City Council Members, City Commissioners, and local civic representatives. This study is an effort to provide a comprehensive framework to guide public and private actions and investment decisions on Staten Island’s West Shore over the next 20 years and beyond. 

The West Shore has been the subject of several rezonings in the Charleston area that allowed retail and senior housing development. However, these rezonings raised community concerns that continued development would conflict with the existing limited infrastructure.

While the West Shore is home to historic neighborhoods and manufacturing uses, it is still without infrastructure to serve the needs of business and residents. There are areas without roads and many homes are still on septic systems. The community has raised concerns that on-going development pressures may conflict with providing jobs, preserving wetlands and open spaces and providing better access to parks and the waterfront. Task Force members requested a comprehensive review of future land uses and infrastructure needs for the West Shore, rather than piecemeal rezonings.

The study will bring together city and state agencies to provide suggestions on future infrastructure needs and to coordinate potential recommendations, including the NYC Department of Transportation, NY State Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The goal of the study is to develop a community-supported framework, including short-term priority action items, for Staten Island’s West Shore that:
  • Prioritizes job creation
  • Identifies critical road and transit improvements
  • Strengthens neighborhoods through improved
    transportation, better services, and housing choices
  • Provides parks and open space and makes sure they are accessible

Study Area
Study Area
Study Area
Running the length of the Arthur Kill, Staten Island's West Shore encompasses an area of approximately 6,300 acres, including the future Freshkills Park. The study area covers 11 ½ square miles, equivalent in size to ½ of Manhattan. The study area represents 20% of the borough’s land area and is home to the communities of Travis and Charleston. In addition, there are many areas that are located within the 100-year floodplain and large areas of wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. 

The West Shore was historically the location of many industrial uses. However, while most of the area is still zoned for manufacturing uses, many of these jobs have left the city. Today, only 20% of the land area is still used for industrial purposes.

Due to this industrial history, the study area is left with several challenges:

  • Many vacant sites are brownfields and will require costly environmental remediation.
  • There remains a lack of basic infrastructure – both roads and sewer.
  • The limited population on the West Shore means limited local demand for retail and services.
  • There is minimal public transit.
  • In addition, where residential uses do exist on the West Shore, there are often conflicts with surrounding manufacturing uses.

Pressure to develop on the West Shore is expected to accelerate in the coming decades as a consequence of natural population growth on the island, the shortage of alternative development locations, and proposed or completed infrastructure investments, including the replacement of the Goethals Bridge and the completed Arthur Kill Lift Bridge.

A number of studies have been completed or are under way that impact the West Shore. This study will build upon those recommendations and coordinate efforts to craft an action plan for moving forward. These studies include:

  • NYC North Shore Land Use & Transportation Study (on-going)
  • MTA North Shore Rail Right-of-Way Alternatives Analysis (on-going)
  • SI EDC West Shore Light Rail Plan
  • Goethals Bridge Study
  • Freshkills Park Master Plan
  • Charleston Roads Transportation Study
  • West Shore Greenways Study

Additional information and West Shore research materials are available at


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