How do I stay involved?

In addition to Plan Gowanus, there are a number of ways to stay involved. Come to our events and workshops, sign up to our mailing list (add link) for study updates and contact us directly with your ideas, interests and priorities.

What are the next steps?

The framework will be discussed at a public event to get direct feedback (change when date/location confirmed) and we will be using Plan Gowanus to hear more feedback and ideas from community members. Through refinement and community feedback on the framework, a draft Neighborhood Plan will be developed that further aligns city and community resources with strategies and goals, and proposes zoning and land use changes to support this vision. After the draft neighborhood plan, land use actions, including rezoning, would subsequently enter public review and facilitate the Neighborhood Plan.

What is the framework?

Gowanus: a framework for a sustainable, inclusive, mixed-use neighborhood is a roadmap for potential goals and strategies, including recommended land use changes, to be developed and implemented as part of a Neighborhood Plan. The framework is the culmination of more than 100 hours of public outreach and community meetings to solicit input since the Gowanus PLACES Study launched in October 2016. It is informed by previous reports and studies, including Bridging Gowanus, and ongoing community efforts by government agencies and community stakeholders and organizations. Click here to view the framework report and sections. (add link) The vision laid out in this framework aims to foster a thriving, inclusive and more resilient Gowanus where existing and future citizens are able to participate in civic, cultural, and economic activities and where a wholly unique resource – the Gowanus Canal – can thrive and play an active role in that equitable and sustainable growth.

How will my feedback be used?

Your comments, ideas, and suggestions are much-needed by the Gowanus Neighborhood Study team. The information gathered from Plan Gowanus is intended to complement outreach undertaken as part of the study, from large public events and workshops to smaller working groups and targeted outreach with stakeholders. Comments received thus far have helped inform the framework and we hope to continue receiving comments to guide the draft Neighborhood Plan. However, the input collected from this site is not to be confused with comments associated with public scoping or the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP), which are separate, formal processes.

What feedback are you looking for on Plan Gowanus?

We want your feedback to help shape the neighborhood study! In April 2017, the Map Your Neighborhood tool was launched, which allowed users to place pins on a map of Gowanus and identify what they liked or needed improvement – resulting in over 225 pins! To share information about the working groups, Plan Gowanus was expanded with sub-pages centered on these topics with more map-based tools and meeting materials.

Over the past year, we’ve been busy with outreach and have recently been coordinating with city agencies to develop a framework to serve as a roadmap for goals and strategies related to land use and urban form, infrastructure and services, and other planning topics in Gowanus. In conjunction with the release of the framework, we want to your feedback on how to improve it, tell us what’s missing or needs to be added, and share ideas in an open forum (add link).

Please be advised that this platform is not intended for city agencies to respond to immediate service needs, such as potholes or noise complaints. Contact 311 for these urgent concerns.

What is Plan Gowanus?

Plan Gowanus is an online community engagement platform being used by the Department of City Planning (DCP) to involve and collect feedback from a broader share of the community who are unable to come to meetings or events.

What is the community outreach process?

Yes, the Department of City Planning (DCP) has been engaging with businesses and residents, community-based organizations, elected officials, property owners, and other stakeholders in a robust, collaborative outreach process that has included working group meetings, public events, and the Plan Gowanus online platform.

What are the study’s specific goals?

The study will examine ways to balance a range of issues and needs in Gowanus by seeking to: support existing and future resiliency and sustainability efforts; encourage and expand neighborhood services and amenities, like supermarkets; improve streetscapes and pedestrian safety, and access along the Canal for all people; explore ways to support and develop space for job-generating uses, including industrial, arts and cultural uses; promote opportunities for new housing with affordable housing and protect residential tenants against harassment and displacement; and coordinate necessary infrastructure improvements throughout the area to support the continued cleanup of the Gowanus Canal and to accommodate existing and future needs.

What is the main objective of the Neighborhood Planning Study?

The Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study seeks to foster and maintain a thriving neighborhood by reinforcing and encouraging a robust local economy anchored by a mix of uses and businesses, while creating opportunities for new housing with affordable housing in appropriate locations.

Why study Gowanus?

Over the past decade, the community has engaged in many planning initiatives, most recently Bridging Gowanus, which was led by local elected officials to create shared goals and priorities for the area’s future development. View the Bridging Gowanus (link to be add) report and its recommendations. The Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study seeks to build upon this work undertaken by residents, businesses, local groups and elected officials by taking goals/priorities and turning them into actions that can be implemented

During the winter and spring of 2017, working groups were held in coordination with city agencies around topics of Arts and Culture, Housing, Industry and Economic Development, Public Realm, and Sustainability & Resiliency. The working groups met 26 times, totaling more than 80 hours. For more information on the meetings and see notes and presentations, click here (link to be added). In July 2017, a working group summit was held to share recommendations and which one’s were supported by city agencies, require additional information and/or research, or either not feasible or beyond the study scope (add link).

Past public events have included the Kick-Off Event (October 27, 2016), Sustainability & Resiliency Meeting (December 8, 2016), Land Use and Urban Design Workshop (March 25, 2017), and a Schools, Transportation and Community Resources Event (October 19, 2017).