NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

What is the planning process?

Throughout summer 2019, DCP has been attending events and hosting visioning sessions across NYC as part of the first phase to update the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. In the fall, DCP will host a series of ‘Listening Sessions’ with local organizations and launch various engagement strategies. DCP will gather what we’ve heard and develop the structure and policy framework for the plan. We will have a series of workshops in early 2020 to discuss the proposals with the public before we write and release the plan at the end of 2020.

Upcoming Engagement Events

We are launching the next phase of outreach for the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan- ‘Listening Sessions’. These sessions, co-hosted with the Waterfront Alliance, will provide an opportunity for New Yorkers to learn about and engage in key waterfront issues.

We welcome everyone to come help shape the future of the city’s waterfront through this series of interactive public forums


Water Quality and Natural Resources

November 21, 2019, 6pm–8pm
Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and
Planning 26 Broadway, New York, New York

Ferries, Cruises and Transportation of Humans

November 25, 2019, 8:30am–10:30am
New York Cruise Lines, Pier 81
41st Street and 12th Avenue, New York, New York

Working Waterfront and Transportation of Goods

December 3, 2019, 6pm–8pm
Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and
Planning 26 Broadway, New York, New York

Waterfront Development, Public Access, and In-water Access

Early 2020, stay tuned for announcement

Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation

Early 2020, stay tuned for announcement

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Past Engagements

In August, DCP hosted our first visioning event- Waterfront Planning Camp- on Governor’s Island. We had a great time discussing various waterfront issues, from learning about water quality monitoring with DEP and trying on scuba diving suits with the Billion Oyster project, to prepping go-bags with NYCEM and crafting waterfront sites with the Waterfront Alliance. Here are some photos of the day! We also started our Chain of Desires with Works on Water - an attempt to collect 520 ideas from all New Yorkers about their vision for the future of NYC’s waterfront.

We are looking for different ways to engage with you and your community! If you have suggestions for our outreach, or would like to get involved, please contact us at