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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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).