Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

Community Resources Event – October 19, 2017
Thank you to those who were able to join the Gowanus Study’s Community Resources Meeting: Schools, Transportation, and More on October 19, 2017 at M.S. 51. The event was an open house where participants were able to speak with representatives of DCP, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, School Construction Authority, Department of Environmental Protection, and Human Resources Administration’s Tenant Support Unit, about the Gowanus Study and planning for transportation, public schools, infrastructure and other local needs. The event’s format and goals are described in the PDF Document welcome hand-out. Electronic copies of the boards shared by each agency are available here:

The feedback and ideas provided, including key planning principles discussed for schools and transportation, are provided in the PDF Document meeting recap.

Community Engagement Platform
We are also excited to announce a new way to interact and provide feedback on the neighborhood study. The Department of City Planning is piloting an online engagement platform called Plan Gowanus where you can give your input on a variety of topics in new interactive ways. Plan Gowanus is part of the multi-pronged outreach approach developed in response to feedback from the community.

Head over to to learn more and tell us what you like and what you think needs improvement within Gowanus and its context area in our first interactive map! Topics sub-pages have been added on Sustainability and Resiliency, Industry and Economic Development, Arts and Culture, Housing, Public Realm and Community Resources! These pages have background information, content and other interactive ways to share your ideas!

Why Gowanus?

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.

View the PDF Document framework study areas map and PDF Document the annotated study areas map.

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.

Community Resources Meeting: Schools, Transportation and More – October 19, 2017

In an effort to discuss and collect feedback on the topics of schools and transportation, a community resources meeting will be held on October 19, 2017 at MS 51. The event will be hosted by DCP, in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the School Construction Authority (SCA). Please see the updates box above for further details.

Online Engagement Tool

To help gather broad community input on a variety of topics early in the planning process, DCP is piloting an online engagement platform called Plan Gowanus. This new interactive tool is designed to complement other forms of outreach, including public events, smaller forums, and other targeted stakeholder meetings. Feedback from these outreach efforts will be used by DCP and other city agencies to develop a draft planning and land use framework that will document recommendations and propose strategies to support the study goals.

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