NYC Industrial Business Zones

NYC Industrial Business Zones

Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) were established to protect existing manufacturing districts and encourage industrial growth citywide.

Background

In early 2006, the City created 16 Industrial Business Zones across the City where expanded business services are available for industrial and manufacturing businesses. This designation fosters high-performing business districts by creating competitive advantages over locating in areas outside of New York City. The IBZs are supported by tax credits for relocating within them, zone-specific planning efforts, and direct business assistance from Industrial Providers of NYC Business Solutions Industrial and Transportation. In light of the purpose of IBZs to foster industrial sector growth by creating real estate certainty, the previous administration stated that it would not support the rezoning of these areas for residential use. See maps of the 21 IBZs on the Ratified IBZs pdf

For a complete list of tax lots included within each IBZ, please use the documents below:

Bronx  
BathgateEastchesterHunts Point
Port Morris  
Brooklyn  
Brooklyn Navy Yard

East New York

Flatlands Fairfield
Greenpoint / Williamsburg

North Brooklyn

Southwest Brooklyn
Queens  
JamaicaJFKLong Island City
MaspethRidgewood / SoMASteinway
Woodside  
Staten Island  
North ShoreRossvilleWest Shore

Recent Boundary Modifications

The Boundary Commission was convened on November 21, 2013 commencing at 9:00 AM to consider modifications to add three areas to the Industrial Business Zones: the North Shore area of Staten Island, NY; the Ridgewood/SoMA area of Queens, NY; and the Port Morris area of the Bronx, NY.  Public comments were collected through November 8, 2013 on the proposed additions.  The Boundary Commission considered the public comments on the proposed additions and ratified maps found below. 

11.13 Ratified Maps

11.21.13 Boundary Commission Meeting Minutes

During the September 13, 2013 Boundary Commission meeting, Commission members requested IBZ modifications to include two additional areas: one in the Port Morris area of the Bronx (see map) and one in the Ridgewood area of Queens (see map). The Boundary Commission received public comments on these proposed additions until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 8, 2013.  .

The Boundary Commission received 8 comments during the public hearing in addition to 6 written comments received via email.

11.8.13 Public Hearing Audio Recording

11.8.13 Public Hearing 

11.8.13 Written Comments and Testimony Received

The Boundary Commission will reconvene on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM to consider modifications to the proposed boundaries based on public comments received. The Boundary Commission will meet at 110 William Street, 4th Floor, Room 4A.

11.21.13 Boundary Commission Meeting Notice

11.21.13 Boundary Commission Meeting Materials

Boundary Modification Process

The Boundary Commission process is legislated by Title 22, 625 & 626 of the NYC Administrative Code. The Commission includes the Borough Presidents, a member of the industrial community, and City Agency heads. The Commission is chaired by the Department of Small Business Services with agency representation from: Department of City Planning, Department of Buildings, Department of Finance, Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation. The Boundary Commission process is public and open to input and comment from all community stakeholders.

During the summer of 2012, the Administration and City Agencies undertook an effort to modify the boundaries of existing IBZs and to add the Staten Island IBZ. The Boundary Commission was convened on June 28, 2012, at which time proposed modifications and additions to the IBZs were made public (Exhibit A). The proposed boundaries and new IBZ boundaries were open to public review and comment, including a public hearing which took place on July 20, 2012 (Exhibit C). The Boundary Commission received 19 comments at the public hearing, in addition to 115 written comments through email and website form.

The Boundary Commission staff compiled all written and oral comments received during the public comment period, available here. The Public Hearing (July 20, 2012) transcript and recording are also available. Based on the public comments received, the Boundary Commission staff worked closely with a group of relevant City agencies and other stakeholders to evaluate those comments and recommend modifications to the proposed IBZ boundaries to the Boundary Commission beginning in April 2013. Upon consultation and feedback from the relevant stakeholders, the recommendations from the Boundary Commission staff were developed (Exhibit D).

During the public review process, the Boundary Commission staff received comment in support of an additional IBZ in the Woodside area of Queens. There was a public hearing in the morning of September 13, 2013 to consider the proposal and receive public comments on the proposal. This public hearing considered only testimony for the proposed Woodside IBZ. Further information may be found below.

IBZ Boundary Commission Staff Recommendation

Introduction & Staff Recommendations
Public Notices, Exhibit A
Resolutions, Exhibit B
Meeting Minutes, Exhibit C
IBZ Existing Boundaries, Public Comments, and Staff Recommendations, Exhibit D
Final IBZ Staff Recommendations for all IBZs, Exhibit E

Woodside IBZ Public Hearing: September 13, 2013

The Boundary Commission received comments to add an additional IBZ in the Woodside area of Queens (see map). The public hearing to receive comments related to this addition was held on Friday, September 13, 2013, commencing at 10:00 AM and concluding at 12:00 pm. The hearing was held at 110 William Street, 4th Floor, Conference Room 4A/B, New York, New York 10038.

The public comments received during the hearing may be found below:

Transcript

Audio

Written comments for the proposed addition of the Woodside IBZ were also accepted via email until September 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm.  The written comment received may be found below:

Woodside IBZ Written Comment

IBZ Public Hearing: July 20, 2012

Proposed Modifications to the Industrial Business Zone Boundaries (IBZs) & Establishment of an IBZ within the Borough of Staten Island.

Transcript

Audio

IBZ Boundary Commission Meeting: September 13, 2013

Proposed Modifications to the Industrial Business Zone Boundaries (IBZs) & Establishment of an IBZ within the Borough of Staten Island.

Transcript

Audio

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