Growing Land Use Planning Team Examines NYC Rezonings

A Growing Team
Langan’s Land Use Planning team welcomes Max Stember-Young as a Land Use Planner. In addition to managing projects in the private sector, Max has public sector experience with the NYC Department of City Planning, where he led the Bay Street Corridor rezoning. Max will play a pivotal role in Langan’s CEQR, ULURP, and BSA projects, rezonings, and other discretionary land-use actions. Max can lead the preparation of Land Use Applications, zoning analyses, and massing studies, adding more breadth to our offices located in New York City and White Plains and allowing Langan to help clients realize their projects.

City Planning Approves Bay Street Rezoning
As part of our On-Call Environmental Planning contract with the NYCEDC, Langan prepared the Bay Street Corridor Rezoning Draft EIS. On April 22 in an 8-3 vote, the City Planning Commission approved the rezoning; the application is now under review by the City Council. If adopted, the project would rezone a 45-acre manufacturing corridor to a vibrant mixed-use district connecting neighborhoods St. George and Stapleton. The rezoning will help revitalize the North Shore of Staten Island with affordable housing and infrastructure improvements.

A Planner’s Take of the Gowanus Rezoning
With the Gowanus Rezoning working its way through City Planning, Langan is optimistic that the resulting land-use changes will catalyze local development. The “Venice of Brooklyn” remains a desirable waterfront neighborhood with a unique history and the anticipated rezoning will enable affordable housing, commercial, and light manufacturing projects. This neighborhood has been a hotbed of activity and, with Langan’s multidisciplinary support, dozens of projects in the area have entered the Brownfield Cleanup Program and undergone bulkhead repairs in anticipation of the rezoning.

Langan projects along the Gowanus Canal

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Rachel Belsky, AICP

Max Stember-Young
Land Use Planner