The saga of the Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study, approved by New York City at the end of 2021, continues into the summer of 2022. Opponents claimed the Gowanus rezoning ran afoul of the state’s environment law. A county judge dismissed the case.
“The Kings County Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn the Gowanus Rezoning,” reports Kristyn Brendlen for Brooklyn Paper.
The lawsuit, brought by community groups Voice of Gowanus and Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus along with individual community members, was dismissed due to a technical error. The lawsuit alleged “that the city’s environmental review of the massive upzoning was inadequate and that the respondents had violated state environmental law,” according to Brendlen.
The Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study, in the works for years before final adoption at the end of 2021, has already spurred a wave of development investment interest in this corner of Brooklyn, according to previous Planetizen coverage. The rezoning would allow up to 8,000 new residential units.
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