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Waterfront workshops get underway

Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago announced a Brooklyn public workshop for input on the next edition of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a report which will provide a vision for the city’s waterfront for the next decade and beyond.

The workshop is the first of a series of Spring events to get the public involved in the planning process, which includes “Walking the Edge,” a monthlong event in May where DCP will partner with nonprofit arts organizations Culture Push and Works on Water to walk all 520 miles of NYC’s waterfront.

“Come and be a part of these once-in-a-decade opportunities to rethink and reshape New York City’s 520-mile long waterfront. From the relaxing vibes of Rockaway Beach, to the working West Shore of Staten Island, to the countless recreational amenities in Brooklyn Bridge Park, our shoreline has something for everyone. I encourage you to attend one of our events, share your ideas and explore DCP’s new webpage. Together, we can make our waterfront even more resilient, accessible and welcoming to all,” said DCP Director Marisa Lago.

DCP has also launched an updated webpage for the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, which is due to be published at the end of 2020.

The Brooklyn workshop will take place on March 11 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Workshops will also be held in the other four boroughs. This borough-based series is hosted in collaboration with the Waterfront Alliance, a coalition of more than 1,000 organizations working on issues of waterfront resiliency, accessibility, business activity and education.

These public discussions follow last summer’s initial outreach on the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, engagements that included waterfront tours, appearances at seasonal or nature-focused festivals and our Waterfront Planning Camp.

In addition to the waterfront plan, DCP is moving forward with Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency, measures that will enable structures to be more flood resilient and help homeowners and businesses recover more quickly from future storms.

Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency is expected to enter the formal public review process in the coming months.

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