Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

Resiliency and Sustainability Meeting
On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the Department of City Planning held a meeting focused on Resiliency and Sustainability at the Wyckoff Community Center at the Wyckoff Gardens NYCHA development. The event provided residents, property owners, and businesses the opportunity to listen, learn, and give feedback on how resiliency and sustainability efforts and interventions are central to the Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study. Attendees learned about existing and future anticipated risks, what agencies are working on locally and citywide to address these risks, and how the community can help shape sustainability and resiliency in Gowanus.

If you missed the open house and presentation, you can review the materials in the virtual open house. See the Updates page for details.

Next Steps: Winter/Spring 2017
In addition to general outreach with the community, working groups made of community stakeholders and city agencies will gather to foster a dialogue around specific topics and develop targeted recommendations and priorities. See the Updates and How can I get involved for details.

Over the past decade, the community has engaged in a number of 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 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 actionable strategies that can be implemented.

Jerome Ave Study Area

The Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study seeks to foster 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. The study will also examine ways to balance the 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.

This collaborative planning process seeks to coordinate ongoing work by government agencies and leverage recent and planned public and private investments to promote a thriving and inclusive neighborhood. The study will engage community groups, stakeholders and local elected officials around core issues and bring together government agencies to align recommendations and resources.

In the fall of 2016, DCP and other city agencies started a public process that will include multiple forms of community engagement and active participation, including workshops and other public meetings, as well as topic-specific discussions.

There are a number of ways to stay involved. If you would like to participate, come to our events and workshops, sign up to our mailing list, and contact us with your ideas, interests and priorities. Also be sure to check our website for any updates and upcoming events.

Working Groups    
During the winter and spring of 2017, working groups will be held on specific topics in order to identify strategies and recommendations in five topic areas:

  • Housing
  • Arts & Culture
  • Resiliency & Sustainability
  • Industry and Economic Development
  • Public Realm

These groups will be formed in January and will be composed of city agencies and community members. These groups will collaborate with city agencies to develop recommendations and shape the planning framework. Members should expect to commit at least 5-10 hours each month between meetings and potential independent work. If you are interested in participating, please email to sign-up. Those who cannot attend should still participate by giving us your input and receiving updates on our webpage and mailing list. (See PDF Document a summary of the proposed process.)

For more information on the study, please contact:

Mailing Address:
Brooklyn Office, NYC Department of City Planning
16 Court Street, Suite 705
Brooklyn, NY 11241

Telephone: 718-780-8280