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Land Use Process > Waterfront Revitalization Progam (WRP) Printer Friendly Version
The Waterfront Revitalization Program
About the WRP
Home | About the WRP | Current WRP | 2012-2013 WRP Revisions | NYC Coastal Zone


The New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) is the city's principal coastal zone management tool. As originally adopted in 1982 and revised in 2002, it establishes the city's policies for development and use of the waterfront and provides the framework for evaluating the consistency of all discretionary actions in the Coastal Zone.

When a proposed project is located within the Coastal Zone and it requires a local, state, or federal discretionary action, a determination of the project's consistency with the policies and intent of the WRP must be made before the project can move forward.

Local discretionary actions—including those subject to land use (ULURP), environmental (CEQR) and Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) review procedures—are reviewed for consistency with the WRP policies. WRP review of local actions is coordinated with existing regulatory processes and in most instances occurs concurrently. For local actions requiring approval by the City Planning Commission, the Commission, acting as the City Coastal Commission, makes the consistency determination. For local actions that do not require approval by the City Planning Commission but do require approval by another city agency, the head of that agency makes the final consistency determination. For federal and state actions within the city's Coastal Zone, such as dredging permits, the Department of City Planning, acting on behalf of the City Coastal Commission, forwards its comments to the state agency making the consistency determination.

A proposed action or project may be deemed consistent with the WRP when it would not substantially hinder and, where practicable, will advance one or more of the ten WRP policies, which address: (1) residential and commercial redevelopment, (2) maritime and industrial development, (3) use of the waterways (4) ecological resources, (5) water quality, (6) flooding and erosion, (7) solid waste and hazardous materials, (8) public access, (9) scenic resources, and (10) historical and cultural resources.

Actions:

Review by:

Consultation with:

Local

Actions requiring approval by the City Planning Commission (e.g., ULURP)

The City Planning Commission makes the consistency determination.

NYS Dept. of State reviews determination.

Actions not requiring approval by the City Planning Commission (e.g., non-CPC actions subject to CEQR)

The Lead Agency makes the consistency determination.

NYC Dept. of City Planning advises. NYS Dept. of State reviews determination.

State

Direct Actions or Permits Granted by a State Agency (e.g., State highway construction, NYC Dept. of Environmental Conservation Permits)

State agency determines consistency and notifies Dept. of State.

NYC Dept. of City Planning advises State Agency.

Federal

Direct Actions or Permits Granted by a Federal Agency (e.g., FAA Funding, U.S. Army Corps. Permits)

NYS Dept. of State concurs with or objects to an applicant’s determination using approved local WRP.

NYC Dept. of City Planning advises NYS Dept. of State.

 

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