Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study

After years of community-based planning, the City, in January 2019, shared a zoning proposal that lays the foundation for how the Gowanus neighborhood can grow and change and become a thriving, inclusive, and more resilient Gowanus. The zoning proposal is also a foundational piece for the environmental review process, which is a process by which communities, agencies and elected officials can identify and assess the potential effects that a land use action, such as a change in zoning, may have on infrastructure and the environment.

The first step in the Gowanus environmental review process is to get community input on the Draft Scope of Work (DSOW), a technical document that lays out proposed methodologies and assumptions and that identifies the project and the types of environmental analyses that may be performed. The DSOW helps the public understand and participate in the CEQR review from the start and a necessary precursor to preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The DSOW and other documents are on our website.

A Scoping Meeting, held on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at Middle School (M.S.) 51 at 350 5th Avenue, allowed the public to comment on the DSOW and proposed analysis framework.

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.

DCP and other city agencies are facilitating a public process that will includes 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.

For more information on the study, please contact:
Email: gowanus@planning.nyc.gov

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

Telephone: 718-780-8280