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Monday, June 03, 2019

Brooklyn CB6 Residents and Property Owners UNITE! Sign Petition To Ask CB6 For Inter-Agency Panel Town Halls To Assess Impacts Of Massive Gowanus Area Rezoning On Our Community

Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope Residents!
Please sign this Petition!

New York City's proposed rezoning of the Gowanus area, which will add about 8,200 new residential units and an estimated 20,000 new residents to this environmentally fragile neighborhood is the most  complex and consequential issue in Community Board 6 in decades.

Yet many local residents are still unaware of the upcoming rezoning and too many CB6 Board members, who will get to vote on the issue, are shockingly ignorant of all the issues with the plan.

We therefore join the Carroll Gardens Coalition For Respectful Development (CORD) in asking CB6 to organize two inter-agency panel town hall Q&A discussions  to give the community an opportunity to hear from City, State and Federal agencies so that we may  all fully understand the consequences of this massive proposed rezoning.

CORD's petition reads:
Understanding that the proposed Gowanus Rezoning is approaching a NYC procedural land use review, called a ULURP, we the undersigned Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Red Hook, Cobble Hill and Park Slope residents and property owners wish to:

Join CORD's call for a minimum of two (2) inter-agency panel town hall Q&A discussions on the rezoning of the Gowanus Canal to be organized and held by Community Board 6, so that the community can assess for itself if the City has the means, the resources and the will to TRULY plan for the impact of about 8,200 new housing units and an estimated 19,000 new residents. In order to give the community and the Community Board Members the time to absorb and assess all of the potential consequences of this rezoning, these meetings must be organized and held to take place well before the ULURP comes before the CB6 Land Use Committee for approval.

**A list of NYC agencies we think should be at our town hall include:
1.FDNY Fire Department
2.NYPD Police Department
3.OEM . Office of Emergency Management
4.EMT SERVICES Emergency Medical Personnel
5.DSNY Sanitation Department
6.DOE Education Department
7.DOT Transportation and Traffic Department
8.NYCT NYC Transit (All)
9.DCP City Planning Department
10.DEP NYC Environmental Protection (air, water, sewage)
11.EPA Region 2 . US Dept of Environmental Protection (our Superfund team)
12.PARKS Parks Department
13.DEC, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (brownfields including Public Place)
14.MTA and Metropolitan Transit Authority (subways along with NYCT)
15.FEMA Federal Emergency Department (flooding, natural disasters)

The more we know of the rezoning, the more we can plan ahead for the thousands of new residents in the Gowanus area, the better the outcome.  Community Board 6 represents all of us, so the ask for two inter-agency panel discussions should be no issue.

Join us in asking for the opportunity to decide for ourselves if New York City is
ACTUALLY PLANNING ahead for the Gowanus upzoning. 

Related Reading:
Gowanus Rezoning: These Are The CB6 Members Who Will Vote' Yay' Or 'Nay' On Landersville
Dear Brad Lander: Give Us A Democratic Vote On the Gowanus Rezoning
Landersville: Councilman Brad Lander Is Still Promising A Gowanus Rezoning That He Can't Possibly Deliver
Voice Of Gowanus Holds Press Conference To Address Concerns About Neighborhood Rezoning

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