Thursday, January 17, 2008

More On Public Scoping Meeting

As we already know - Lynn Kelly, President of the Coney Island Development Corporation, has sent out this letter detailing the next step in the lengthy process of rezoning Coney Island's amusement area. Copies of the official notice (in English, Russian, and Spanish) can be found on the CIDC's website. This meeting will be a more formal and technical event than the recent community information sessions, with the less opportunity for community input. Nonetheless, its still a good opportunity to keep informed about what's going on.

Dear Residents and Friends of Coney Island,

As you may know, the Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) and the New York City Department of City Planning held three public information sessions last week to discuss the City's proposed rezoning framework for the Coney Island amusement area. (Detailed information regarding the rezoning plan is available at and at Just as community participation was integral to developing the CIDC's 2005 Strategic Plan, so too has recent input received from the community been key in informing the overall planning process.

In tandem with our community outreach efforts, we are also pursuing a detailed environmental analysis of the impacts of the proposed rezoning, in accordance with all regulatory requirements. The City has now completed the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) as part of the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process, as well as a Scope of Work for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The lead agency has issued a positive declaration and notice of scoping, here attached for your information. All of these documents can be found on the CIDC website at or on the website of Office of Environmental Coordination at If you would like a printed copy of these documents, please send us a request by phone or email.

As a next step in the environmental review process, a public scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 6pm, at Lincoln High School, 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, to hear comments from the public regarding the proposed scope of work for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Coney Island rezoning. Written comments will also be accepted through Friday, February 29th, 2008, as further detailed in the official scoping documents.

I encourage your participation in this important step of the public process. Thank you for your continued interest in Coney Island, and should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 212-312-4233 or

Lynn Kelly

Public Scoping Meeting
Wednesday, February 13
6 pm
Lincoln High School
2800 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York

- post by Ben Nadler

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