Initiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Staten Island Growth Management Task Force, Working West Shore 2030: Creating Jobs, Improving Infrastructure and Managing Growth identifies strategies that will help create jobs, upgrade infrastructure, preserve open space and manage growth on the borough’s West Shore. In order to jumpstart the twenty-year vision and coordinate efforts, the City has committed to short-term initiatives described in theWest Shore 2030 Three - Year Work Plan.
Working West Shore 2030 is the culmination of a collaborative effort among NYCEDC, NYC Department of City Planning, local civic groups, Staten Island elected officials and the over three hundred residents and business owners who invested their time, local expertise and passion for Staten Island’s future.
In the next twenty years, Staten Island’s population is expected to grow along with the region, due primarily to existing residents who will live longer and have larger families. As it stands, existing neighborhoods in the borough may not have the appropriate infrastructure or housing types to support populations that are expected to drive that growth—seniors and young adults. There are also economic challenges that will affect quality of life going forward. The majority of the borough’s workforce travels off-island for higher-paying jobs which contributes, along with limited transit options, to the borough’s traffic congestion.
Working West Shore 2030 provides an inspiring blueprint for growth. Based on an intense and inclusive public engagement process, and building upon past and current planning efforts, it highlights investments that would help create jobs, upgrade infrastructure, and manage growth on the borough’s West Shore—a vast area that encompasses 20 percent of Staten Island’s land and is approximately half the size of Manhattan. The effort and the vision provide a glimpse of what could be if public agencies, private developers and community stakeholders work in collaboration.
The four main objectives of Working West Shore 2030 are to:
Running the length of the Arthur Kill, the West Shore study area encompasses approximately 6,300 acres and 12 miles of shoreline. The area was historically defined by industrial uses and small residential neighborhoods which housed workers employed in local factories. Today, the study area is home to only five percent of Staten Island residents but adjoins many communities that have experienced growth over recent decades. While the majority of the study area is zoned for manufacturing (roughly 80 percent), only 20 percent of land in the area is currently used for industrial purposes. Over 50 percent of the area is existing or planned open space and natural areas, including wetlands.
For the purposes of this effort, the study area was divided into five zones based on differences in land use and geography (see slideshow for maps and pictures of each).
The West Shore faces many challenges and opportunities to providing the jobs, services, and open space required by the borough, the City and the region:
Working West Shore 2030 is a guiding document—a framework for decisions that could lay the foundation to accommodate 20,000 new jobs in the West Shore over the next 20 years. This goal can be accomplished while preserving over half of the West Shore as parks and open space, and providing new, diverse residential opportunities in only seven percent of the entire study area.
A significant amount of infrastructure investment will likely be made by the private sector as strategic sites are developed. This document is intended to provide clarity and guidance to developers, property owners and public agencies to ensure a coordinated network of improvements. Public projects will require multiagency commitments and coordination. This report emphasizes those improvements that will promote job growth and private investment on the West Shore, including: infrastructure improvements, transportation and mobility planning, special economic development projects, managing and overseeing industrial/ commercial development, new mixed-use communities at transportation hubs, and more.
The West Shore 2030 Work Plan includes commitments from city agencies—developed with the assistance and reflecting the input of hundreds of citizens and governmental partners. The document includes 39 initiatives to be started over the next three years with an emphasis on actions that support job growth. It clarifies agency responsibilities in the short-term and establishes public commitments that, along with private investment, are designed to move the West Shore 2030 vision forward. To help implement recommendations and to ensure coordination with all parties, several citywide initiatives are proposed, including:
The study's proposed actions are based on technical land use, transportation, and market studies, but they are grounded in an intensive public engagement process and partnership among multiple city agencies. Through 11 public meetings and interactive visioning workshops held across the study area, over 300 residents, elected officials, civic stakeholders, local business leaders, and state and regional partners, provided both a source and a sounding board for ideas and proposals.
The Advisory Committee has played an important role in informing West Shore 2030 and is comprised of stakeholders with unique perspectives on transportation, environmental, waterfront, residential and business issues.
West Shore Three-Year Work Plan - June 2011
West Shore 2030 Report - May 2010
Existing Conditions Report - Oct 2008
West Shore Study Market Analysis Report - Oct 2008