What is planning and zoning? Why is it important?

Planning and zoning regulate land development in terms of the following: the size and division of land; what uses can be developed and where they can be located; a building’s size and location on a site; the landscaping, parking, signage, and fence regulations; and the process for how development occurs. The planning and zoning code is also a tool for the city to implement the vision established in the 2020 Brooklyn Master Plan.

Why do we need to update the city’s current planning and zoning code?

This update is intended to be an all-inclusive review, update, and rewrite of the planning and zoning code as well as the zoning map. The majority of the code was written 20+ years ago, and many of the regulations can be modernized to better achieve developments that the city wants and can be proud of. Additionally, the update provides an opportunity to implement the vision established in our adopted master plan.

What are some general changes that can be expected?
  • Design the code to be user friendly – easy to understand, administer, and interpret
  • Update terminology used throughout the code
  • Improve overall organization, and ease of use by clarifying references and cross references to other sections of the code
  • Incorporate diagrams, tables, graphics, and illustrations that clarify and enhance understanding of relevant code sections
  • Address where the code is silent and where regulations are lacking
  • Utilize innovative planning and zoning approaches and design guidelines where appropriate
  • Investigate if a mixed use regulations are appropriate for the city
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state laws

Will there be opportunities for public involvement?

Yes! Public engagement opportunities will be posted on this website as they become available!

How long with the process take?

The process to update the City’s planning and zoning code is expected to take approximately 14 months. The process began in June 2021 and will wrap up in summer 2022.