Anyone who has been to Bushwick lately can see that it is changing. Our current zoning allows for out-of-context development throughout the neighborhood, even on residential side streets, replacing Bushwick’s historic buildings with towers. Additionally, current regulations require little-to-no affordable housing to be built. Development is happening at an increasingly faster pace, and rents continue to rise. Long-term residents are worried about whether they will be able to stay in the neighborhood.
Creating a comprehensive plan allows us to:
Take a more thoughtful approach to how and where development should happen;
Create and preserve affordable housing;
Increase opportunities for small businesses in Bushwick;
Work closely with City agencies to direct resources to the community for open space, infrastructure, transportation, and other neighborhood needs.
Stay up to date with what happened each month in the Bushwick Community Plan Process.
ABOUT THE PLAN
In 2013, inspired by the increasing amount of out-of-context development in the neighborhood, Bushwick’s Community Board 4 requested that their City Councilmembers examine the possibility of creating a plan for the community. In 2014, Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal initiated a community-based planning process, inviting residents to create a vision for Bushwick’s future.
The first round of public outreach included four visioning town hall meetings with over 200 participants, five zoning workshops, and three issue-specific meetings. This process identified several priority issue areas, including: affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure, parks and open space, neighborhood character and resources, economic development, and public safety.
A Steering Committee formed by participants who were willing to provide additional time and support to the effort has been working to develop and refine the ideas that community members shared, to examine methods to address issues raised, and to create a timeline for implementation.
The Steering Committee for the Bushwick Community Plan includes representatives from Bushwick’s many community-based organizations, as well as members of Community Board 4, local homeowners, business owners, and interested residents. The Steering Committee is organized into six Subcommittees: Land Use & Zoning, Housing, Economic Development, Neighborhood Resources, Open Space, and Transportation & Infrastructure. These groups work directly with City agencies, including the Departments of: City Planning, Housing Preservation & Development, Parks, Transportation, Small Business Services, and more.
Guided by a Steering Committee of local residents, Community Board members, and representatives from local organizations, the goal of this process is to create a truly inclusive and comprehensive plan that balances the desire to create and preserve affordable housing with the need to preserve Bushwick’s character.
2/11/17 Housing & Land Use Summit @ Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center
6/20/2016 Open House @ Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center
THE STEERING COMMITTEE
As mentioned earlier, the steering committee consists of several residents and local organizations. Here is the breakdown.
How Can I Participate?
All members of the Bushwick community are encouraged to participate in this process! You can join a Subcommittee, attend an upcoming event, or just contact us with your ideas.
The Subcommittees are:
Land Use: Density and affordable housing development; preservation of neighborhood character; and where certain uses (such as residential, commercial, and manufacturing) should be allowed.
Housing: Development and preservation of affordable housing; tenant protections; access for local residents to affordable housing opportunities; and housing quality issues.
Open Space: Parks; community gardens; and other open space opportunities.
Community Health and Resources: Public health; education and youth; seniors; and other community facilities and services.
Economic Development: Local business development; job creation and training.
Transportation and Infrastructure: Streets (needs for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers); public transportation; infrastructure (environment, sanitation, etc.).
See below for meeting schedule and to contact us to RSVP.
To get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
the Office of Councilmember Antonio Reynoso
the Office of Councilmember Rafael Espinal
Brooklyn Community Board 4
Department of City Planning Brooklyn Office