Land Under Water in NYC: What it is & Why it Matters

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Cornell Architecture, Art, and Planning Studio, New York, NY

Event Type: Discussion

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Join the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee for a set of presentations on the elusive topic of how to plan for Lands Under Water. Lands Under Water often have unclear jurisdictions and complex regulatory contexts—but also an endless potential for creative waterfront activation. This perennial issue of waterfront planning is sometimes murky, always fascinating, and good to know about if working on the waterfront in NYC or NY State.

First Presentation: Scott Shostak, Counsel at NYCEDC

  • History of Lands Under Water in what is now NY State
  • Different states, different riparian rules
  • Lands Under Water examples in NYC

Second Presentation: Alexis Saba, Counsel at Sive, Paget, and Riesel

  • Land Under Water issue spotting and tools
  • Who owns what and what to do about it
  • Why Lands Under Water ownership matters: permitting implications
  • State and City ownership inconsistency/lack of clarity/ownership disagreements
  • What doesn’t show up in title reports

Third Presentation: Edward M. Weinstein, Principal of Edward M. Weinstein Architecture and Planning PC (formerly NYC Department of Ports and Terminals)

  • Zoning above Lands Under Water
  • Floor Area Ratios (FAR), what counts and what doesn’t?
  • Floating structures and example as it relates to Lands Under Water
  • Other Country’s treatment of Lands Under Water

AICP Law CM Credits TBD

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