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Greenpoint-Williamsburg - Approved!
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  Update March 2, 2006:

Greenpoint-Williamsburg Follow-Up Zoning Text and Map Changes - Approved

In order to address several issues raised during the ULURP process requiring subsequent action, the Department of City Planning has proposed follow-up zoning text and zoning map amendments for the area rezoned under the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning. The follow-up actions include zoning text changes to implement anti-harassment provisions in the upland portion of the rezoned area, clarifications and technical refinements to the Inclusionary Housing program, and small changes to the Waterfront Access Plan. In addition, changes to the zoning map include contextual height limits on approximately 19 upland blocks in Williamsburg zoned for mixed use, by replacing M1-2/R6 designations with M1-2/R6B and M1-2/R6A designations.

PDF Document View a one-page summary of the proposed actions.

PDF Document View the adopted zoning text changes (589 kb).

PDF Document View the color map illustrating the adopted zoning map changes (623 kb).

On October 31, 2005, the Department of City Planning certified the ULURP application for the proposed actions. The applications were sent to Community Board 1 for review. On December 6, 2005, Community Board 1 voted to recommend approval of the proposed action with modifications. The Brooklyn Borough President held a public hearing on the proposed actions on December 13, 2005. The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed actions on January 11, 2006, and voted to approve them on January 25, 2006. PDF Document Read the CPC Reports.

On March 1, 2006, the City Council adopted the proposed changes, which are now in effect.

  Update May 11, 2005:

DCP’s Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning Adopted

On May 11, 2005, the City Council approved the Department of City Planning’s rezoning proposal, as modified by the Council and the City Planning Commission, for nearly 200 blocks in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn. In the final step of a public review process that began in October 2004, the City Council voted to modify and adopt the department’s applications for the zoning map change (C 050111(A) ZMK) and zoning text amendment (N 050110(A) ZRK) described below. The zoning map change and text amendments are now in effect.

Inclusionary Housing Program (PDF Document)

PDF Document View a color map illustrating the adopted zoning map change (602 kb).

PDF Document View the Adopted Zoning Map (418 kb).

Council modifications to the zoning map included retention of the existing M1-1 zoning on a portion of a block bounded by Greenpoint Avenue, West Street, Kent Street, and a line 100 feet west of Franklin Street.

Council modifications to the zoning text included a mechanism for transferring ownership of waterfront public access areas to the city and changes to the Inclusionary Housing program for Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

Inclusionary Housing
Inclusionary Housing Program (PDF Document)The zoning text change adopted by the Commission and the City Council includes a groundbreaking Inclusionary Housing program, reflecting recommendations made during the public review process. The program promotes affordable units in both rental and condominium developments, encourages preservation of existing affordable units, and targets affordable housing to a range of income levels. On the waterfront, sites zoned with a blend of R6 and R8 districts would have a base FAR of 3.7 (reduced from 4.3 FAR in the original application), with a bonus up to 4.7 FAR for the provision of at least 20 percent affordable housing. Modifications also reduce by 20 feet the maximum permitted heights in R8 districts for buildings not using the bonus.

A bonus for providing affordable housing would also be available in upland portions of the rezoning area, where bonus floor area would be accommodated within contextual height limits. Modifications reduce the maximum FAR permitted without the Inclusionary Housing bonus in R6 districts on wide streets and R6A districts from 3.0 to 2.7, and in R7A districts from 4.0 to 3.45.

Both on the waterfront and upland developments could satisfy the affordable housing requirement by developing affordable units on-site or off-site, or by acquiring and preserving existing housing at affordable rents. Coupled with use of various HPD, HDC, and HFA finance programs, and the city's commitment to developing affordable housing on publicly controlled sites, this Inclusionary Housing Program constitutes a powerful incentive for the development and preservation of affordable housing in Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

PDF Document View a full description of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Inclusionary Housing Program (1 mb).

PDF Document View the Adopted Zoning Text Amendment (1 mb).

Open Space
Modifications to the plan for the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront added 5 acres of open space in Greenpoint, through a City commitment to develop open space on publicly controlled land at Dupont Street and Commercial Street, pending relocation of DEP and MTA facilities. In addition, the adopted zoning text includes modifications to facilitate the transfer of public access areas required under the Waterfront Access Plan to City ownership.

PDF Document View a map illustrating the Waterfront Access Plan (700 kb).

The pages that follow describe the Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning proposal as submitted by the Department of City Planning for public review on October 4, 2004.


Proposed Greenpoint-Williamsburg Land Use and Waterfront Plan:

logo for Greenpoint-Williamsburg Land Use and Waterfront PlanIn its Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning, the Department of City Planning proposed zoning changes to allow for housing and open spaces, in tandem with light industry and commercial uses, along two miles of Brooklyn’s East River waterfront and upland neighborhoods. The proposed actions include zoning map and zoning text changes to facilitate new housing and local commercial development, and, in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation, City Map changes to establish a new, 27.8-acre waterfront park.

In two vibrant communities as well as areas that have been mostly vacant and derelict for years, the proposal would create opportunities for thousands of new housing units, including affordable housing. Zoning controls would set height limits so that new buildings will fit in with their surroundings. In recognition of the mixed-use character that has long defined these neighborhoods, the proposal would permit light industrial and residential uses to coexist in specified areas, and it would retain manufacturing zoning for critical concentrations of industry. And the proposal offers a blueprint for a continuous publicly accessible esplanade and new public open spaces along the waterfront, forging long-sought links between the water’s edge and the established Greenpoint and Williamsburg communities, adding yet another publicly accessible jewel to New York City’s waterfront.

The Greenpoint-Williamsburg study area in Brooklyn Community District 1 covers approximately 184 blocks where the zoning, for the most part, does not permit new residential buildings. The study area is bounded roughly by the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and McGuinness Boulevard.

link to planning framework I. Planning Framework: Background, existing conditions and trends, land use framework
tlink to upland areas II. Upland Areas: Neighborhood context, proposed zoning map changes
link to waterfront access III. Waterfront Access: Waterfront zoning requirements and examples, Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan
link to waterfront development IV. Waterfront Development: Waterfront development principles, zoning analysis, proposed zoning map and text changes
link to the project timeline V. Project Timeline: Status of proposal and estimated time frame for implementation

Illustrative Renderings:

link to existing zoning
pdf document Existing Zoning
link to existing land use
pdf document Existing Land Use
link to proposed zoning
pdf document Proposed Zoning
link to the waterfront access plan
pdf document Waterfront
Access Plan

pdf document View the original zoning text amendment, filed Sept. 30, 2004 (0.9 mb).

Public Review
On October 4, 2004, the Department of City Planning certified the ULURP application for the proposed actions. The applications were sent to Community Board 1 for a 60-day review period. Following the public hearings and recommendations of the Community Board and the Brooklyn Borough President, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposal on January 19, 2005 and. on March 14, 2005, approved the six ULURP actions for the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning, with several modifications to the zoning text amendment (N 050110(A) ZRK) and the zoning map change (C 050111(A) ZMK). The applications were adopted, with additional modifications, by the City Council on May 11, 2005.

PDF Document Read the City Planning Commission Reports concerning the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning.

Read the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued on March 4, 2005



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