Zoning Code to Voters on May 2

Brooklyn’s current Planning and Zoning Code goes back to the 1990s and much has changed in our community since then. Now is the time to update it to protect open spaces and parks from development, align zoning districts to how they are actually being used, preserve the character of our existing residential neighborhoods, and balance Brooklyn’s needs of today and tomorrow. 

We worked with residents, business stakeholders, and project experts to rewrite the Planning and Zoning Code and update the zoning map that modernizes the types of businesses allowed in commercial areas to meet Brooklyn’s present and future needs, while improving residential regulations to protect current neighborhood development patterns. The code also includes protections for our parks, new design standards, revised parking requirements and enhanced landscaping and buffering requirements, and brings sign regulations into compliance with current law — all long overdue.

On May 2, the updated Zoning Code will be on the ballot. We encourage you, our neighbors, to continue to stay involved in the process and join us at our public open house at Brooklyn City Hall on May 1, 2023 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. where you can view the new zoning map and ask questions.

You can also view the full Code and Zoning Map here.

Open House Recap

At our recent Open House, McBride Dale Clarion highlighted proposed changes and updates to our Zoning Code. These proposed changes will align our city more closely with our 2020 Master Plan. The Zoning Boards displayed at the Open House are linked below.

Zoning Map
Zoning Map Changes
Parking & Loading
Landscaping & Buffering
Development & Design
Zoning Districts & Uses

You’re invited: June 23 Open House

Join us Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Senior Center for an Open House where we will have the latest draft of the Zoning Code, along with updates on the process. Consultants from McBride Dale Clarion and representatives from the City of Brooklyn will be available to answer any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Zoning Code Updates at the City Council Work Session

Liz Fields, from McBride Dale Clairion (MDC) presented the most recent Zoning Code Updates to City Council on Thursday, April 28, 2022, focusing on the current phase of the project and how Brooklyn’s Zoning Code will align with the city’s Master Plan.

Watch Liz’s presentation to City Council in the video below.

Consultants Update Brooklyn Council on Zoning Rewrite

On Monday, February 7, 2022, Liz Fields from McBride Dale Clarion (MDC) updated Brooklyn City Council about recent progress on the City of Brooklyn’s Planning and Zoning Code Update, focusing on their most recent work on the city’s land use districts and uses.

Watch Liz’s presentation to City Council in the video below.