The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group’s Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the offices of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy at 543 Union Street.
Committee Members present: David Briggs, Katia Kelly, Andrea Parker, Peter Reich, Buddy Scotto, Debra Scotto, Maryann Young
Guests: Terri Thomson, National Grid; David McSweeney
1st Street turning basin was discussed. Katia reported that Eymund Diegel believes there may be an easement between the east end of the basin and 3rd Avenue.
Using a map of the canal, the committee discussed how to best approach identifying ecological restoration sites for consideration by the trustees of the National Resource Damage Assessment process. Potential sites include turning basins in Sunset Park, esplanades, street ends, and Industrial Business Zone properties (assuming owners are willing).
Trustees will present at March CAG meeting where scope and feasibility of restoration projects will be discussed.
A concern was raised about whether a committee member or organization that could knowingly benefit from the development of ecological restoration sites should participate in the discussions and decision-making on the issues.
After subsequently checking with CAG by-laws, there is a general consensus that all members are welcome to participate in the discussions. Those members/organizations that could knowingly benefit from the development of ecological restoration sites should make their interests known during discussions and refrain from any decision-making.