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Land Use Process > Waterfront Revitalization Progam (WRP) Printer Friendly Version
The Waterfront Revitalization Program - Approved by the City Council!
2012 WRP Revisions - Summary of Proposed Revisions

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The Waterfront Revitalization Program is organized into ten overarching policies. The revisions to each of the policies is explained in more depth below. Or, PDF Document view a short summary of the proposed revisions.

POLICY 1: RESIDENTIAL + COMMERCIAL REDEVELOPMENT          

Support and facilitate commercial and residential redevelopment in areas well-suited to such development.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Policy 1 - Freeboard
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  • Incorporate climate change and sea level rise projections into the planning and design of waterfront development.
  • Promote measures that maximize the compatibility of new residential development adjacent to Significant Maritime and Industrial Areas and existing area businesses.



PDF Document Download overview of changes to Policy 1

POLICY 2: MARITIME + INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
Support water-dependent and industrial uses in New York City coastal areas that are well-suited to their continued operation.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Example: Brooklyn Navy Yard uses revenue from upland non-industrial development to fund maintenance of maritime infrastructure.
    Example: Brooklyn Navy Yard uses revenue from upland non-industrial development to fund maintenance of maritime infrastructure.
    (Image: Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation)
  • Promote industrial development in concert with ecological preservation along the West Shore of Staten Island by creating and mapping a new designation to be called the Ecologically Significant Maritime and Industrial Area (ESMIA). 
  • Create the West Shore Significant Maritime and Industrial Area, a new SMIA.
  • Provide clarification about non-maritime development in SMIAs to strengthen the prioritization of water-dependent uses while allowing for a mix of uses to spur reinvestment when appropriate.
  • Promote the use of best practices to minimize the adverse impacts of industrial uses on nearby neighborhoods.
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POLICY 3: USE OF THE WATERWAYS
Promote use of New York City's waterways for commercial and recreational boating and water-dependent transportation.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Red Hook Boaters at Valentino Pier, Brooklyn
    Red Hook Boaters at Valentino Pier, Brooklyn
  • Promote human-powered boat launches in safe and suitable locations.
  • Create and map a new designation to be called the Priority Marine Activity Zone (PMAZ) to promote the maintenance of necessary shoreline infrastructure for waterborne transportation such as piers for ferry landings. PMAZs are located throughout the five boroughs, and their designation is intended to help streamline the permitting process for such infrastructure.


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POLICY 4: ECOLOGICAL RESOURCES  
Protect and restore the quality and function of ecological systems within the New York City coastal area.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Udall’s Cove, Queens
    Udall’s Cove, Queens
    (Photo: Mike Feller, DPR)
  • To promote industrial development in concert with ecological preservation along the West Shore of Staten Island, create and map a new designation to be called the Ecologically Significant Maritime and Industrial Area (ESMIA).
  • Identify additional ecologically-significant sites as Recognized Ecological Complexes (RECs), and promote their protection, remediation, and restoration.
  • Promote a wider range of restoration goals throughout the Coastal Zone.
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POLICY 5: WATER QUALITY 
Protect and improve water quality in the New York City coastal area.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Enhanced Tree Pit, Brooklyn
    Enhanced Tree Pit, Brooklyn
    (Photo: NYC DEP)
  • Incorporate latest City plans to improve water quality through the use of green infrastructure, while also building cost-effective grey infrastructure.
  • Promote strategies to improve the quality of compromised water bodies, including in-water ecological strategies.
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POLICY 6: FLOODING + EROSION 
Minimize loss of life, structures, infrastructure, and natural resources caused by flooding and erosion, and increase resilience to future conditions created by climate change.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Governors Island Park Master Plan takes in sea level rise into consideration, elevating many sections of the park above the projected future flood plain
    Governors Island Park Master Plan takes in sea level rise into consideration, elevating many sections of the park above the projected future flood plain.  (Image: West 8 Team)
  • Require projects to consider the risks associated with coastal flooding based on climate change projections, and encourage applicants to minimize these risks through design strategies that will enhance their ability to withstand and quickly recover from weather-related events.
  • Projects should explore strategies as elevating or waterproofing the lowest floor of potentially vulnerable buildings and choosing salt-water-tolerant plants for parks that may face temporary inundation in the event of a storm surge.
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POLICY 7: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Minimize environmental degradation and negative impacts on public health from solid waste materials, toxic pollutants, hazardous materials, and other materials that may pose risks to the environment and public health and safety.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Open industrial uses on the waterfront include such activities as construction material storage
    Open industrial uses on the waterfront include such activities as construction material storage
  • Require projects to examine the storage of materials that may pose public-health risks in the event of flooding or storm surge, such as the open storage of industrial materials.
  • Promote the use of best management practices to prevent contaminated storm runoff and ensure the safety of workers and residents of adjacent neighborhoods.
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POLICY 8: PUBLIC ACCESS
Provide public access to, from, and along New York City's coastal waters.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Design principles promote a mix of seating and other amenities, like shade.
    Design principles promote a mix of seating and other amenities, like shade.
  • Incorporate design principles for waterfront public spaces described in Vision 2020.   
  • Require shoreline developments using public funds or on publicly owned land to provide public waterfront access where safe and practicable.


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POLICY 9: SCENIC RESOURCES 

  
Protect scenic resources that contribute to the visual quality of the New York City coastal area.

GOAL OF REVISIONS

    Interpretive Signage at Erie Basin Park (Image: Russell Design)
    Interpretive Signage at Erie Basin Park (Image: Russell Design)
  • Promote the creation of waterfront viewing areas on publicly accessible sites and the use of interpretative signage.
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POLICY 10: HISTORIC + CULTURAL RESOURCES  

Protect, preserve, and enhance resources significant to the historical, archaeological, architectural, and cultural legacy of the New York City coastal area.

GOALS OF REVISIONS

    Festival goers on Clipper City
    Festival goers on Clipper City
    (Image: Bernard Ente for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance)
  • Provide clearer definition of historic resources.
  • Promote provision of tie-up for historic vessels.
PDF Document Download overview of changes to Policy 10

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