Process and Approach

In the fall of 2016, DCP and other city agencies started a public process that includes multiple forms of community engagement and active participation, including workshops and other public meetings, as well as topic-specific discussions and the Plan Gowanus online platform. This robust, collaborative outreach process has been involved businesses and residents, community-based organizations, elected officials, property owners, and other stakeholders.


Working Groups

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).


Public Events

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). (Add links to each)


Online Engagement

To help gather broad community input on a variety of topics early in the planning process, DCP is piloting the Plan Gowanus engagement platform. This new interactive tool is designed to complement other forms of outreach described above. Feedback from these outreach efforts has been used to develop the planning and land use framework.

In the fall of 2016, DCP and other city agencies started a public process that includes multiple forms of community engagement and active participation, including workshops and other public meetings, as well as topic-specific discussions and the Plan Gowanus online platform. This robust, collaborative outreach process has been involved businesses and residents, community-based organizations, elected officials, property owners, and other stakeholders.


Working Groups

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).


Public Events

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). (Add links to each)


Online Engagement

To help gather broad community input on a variety of topics early in the planning process, DCP is piloting the Plan Gowanus engagement platform. This new interactive tool is designed to complement other forms of outreach described above. Feedback from these outreach efforts has been used to develop the planning and land use framework.