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Staten Island’s North Shore includes an extremely diverse range of development and has a unique opportunity to capitalize on its existing assets and significant potential through near and long term planning.

Similar to the Staten Island West Shore study, the North Shore Study grew out of a recommendation from the Mayor’s Growth Management and Transportation Task Forces.

NYCEDC and the NYC Department of City Planning have partnered to conduct a comprehensive land use and transportation study to identify opportunities for improved transportation connections, job creation, environmental protection, public access, and other public goals. The study will create a framework that can be used to guide future zoning and development actions by identifying alternative land use scenarios, including transportation and other infrastructure investments necessary to support each scenario.


The study area runs from Arlington Marsh in the west, to the St. George Ferry Terminal in the east, the Kill van Kull in the north, and Forest Avenue in the south.

The two crucial east-west transportation linkages within the study area are the former North Shore Right of Way and Richmond Terrace, which will both be closely examined as opportunities to improve residential and commercial mobility.

The study area has an extremely diverse range of development and includes working maritime industrial uses in close proximity to historic communities and commercial centers.


NYCEDC initiated this in-depth development study to ensure that future land use and transportation growth patterns on Staten Island, particularly on the North Shore, meet the following economic growth objectives:

Include improved transportation connections, including mass transit and improved roadways for vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic
Support future reuse of North Shore Right of Way
Create and retain jobs in the active maritime industry
Protect environmentally sensitive areas
Enhance historic residential and commercial neighborhoods
Provide greater public access to current and future recreational areas


Community engagement is essential to creating a North Shore Action Plan that leads to meaningful public and private investment, increased opportunity, and a higher quality of life for North Shore communities.

The success of the study will, first and foremost, rely upon the input of North Shore residents – the project’s “inside experts”. In addition, Community and Technical Advisory Committees, made up of civic, public, non-profit, and private sector leaders, will help NYCEDC and NYCDCP to reach a broad and diverse group of stakeholders. These committees will also provide guidance on project direction and recommendations throughout the study.

Community engagement will include three rounds:

(1) Kick-off meetings with the Advisory committee and general public were held in early April, 2009 and provided an opportunity for over 60 Staten residents to hear the project team’s initial due diligence, discuss the project’s scope, and provide critical feedback that will help set and shape priorities for the entire study;

(2) A second round of Advisory Committee and public meetings that will help to refine initial recommendations and rank priorities; and

(3) A third round when refined recommendations will be presented and the project team will gather a final round of feedback before the production of a final deliverable.

We strongly encourage all stakeholders to attend our public meetings and provide feedback through the contact information below.

The Advisory Committee members include:

Office of the Borough President
Staten Island City Council District 49
NY State Senate Districts 23, 24
NY State Assembly Districts 61,63
Community Board 1
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
Mariners Harbor Civic Association
Staten Island Taxpayers Association
Preservation League of Staten Island
Project Hospitality
North Shore Waterfront Conservancy
West Brighton Local Development Corporation
Downtown Staten Island Council
St. George Civic Association
American Institute of Architects, Staten Island Chapter
Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York City Transit
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New York State Department of Transportation
New York City Department of Transportation
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
New York City Department of Design & Construction
New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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