After 100+ hours of meetings and neighborhood events, the Department of City Planning has now released a framework for rezoning the Gowanus Canal neighborhood. While it is subject to change, the plan attempts to lay out the priorities of residents, the city administration, and elected officials representing Gowanus.
Some important parts of the framework include:
- Buildings and infrastructure that will be prepared for rising sea levels and floods.
- More open and green space along the Gowanus Canal.
- Promoting walking and biking in the neighborhood; and promoting safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
- Preserving the existing NYCHA buildings in the neighborhood, and requiring that new residential development have an affordable housing component.