Imagine Flatbush 2030
Flatbush Development Corporation partnered with The Municipal Art Society Planning Center in the creation of Imagine Flatbush 2030. This initiative is meant to bridge the gap between PlaNYC’s sustainability goals and consensus-driven community-based planning. Residents, business owners, youth, community leaders, social service providers, and clergy in Flatbush met over the course of a year to hammer out a neighborhood sustainability and livability agenda, and tools to measure progress toward consensus-based goals.
More than 300 people participated in four separate workshops to identify and prioritize a diverse range of issues and goals that participants saw as important to maintaining a sustainable neighborhood. Flatbush Development Corporation’s role has been to help shape the process, support all outreach, organize the agenda, and connect the results to ongoing initiatives and new opportunities. By being a direct participant, as well as a workshop facilitator, we were able to raise awareness of our organization, plus get more people involved in our work.
Over the course of the summer and early fall, these issues have been broken down, and shaped into an agenda for local action. The agenda is really a collection of targeted opportunities to make progress on local sustainability, in addition to identifying ways to measure progress. The action agenda is designed to assist Flatbush residents work effectively with local groups, elected officials, and city agencies to make progress toward community development goals. Here’s a sampling of what’s in it:
- Developing leadership among business owners;
- Making sure that land use applications for new development are compatible with sustainability goals;
- Creating a central source of information on all training and programming opportunities that serve local youth;
- Creating design guidelines that promote harmony between old and new buildings.
To make it simple to view and use the Imagine Flatbush 2030 resources, the MAS Planning Center has created an online application (or widget) with links to several documents and timely information about progress toward implementing the Imagine Flatbush 2030 Sustainability Agenda. Please explore this new tool — feedback is most welcome. We encourage you to use it, circulate it, and certainly consider incorporating it into your own website, blog, or future posts about Flatbush; but please email the MAS Planning Center or call at 212-935-3960 (ext.254.) And of course, you can get information about becoming more involved anytime by contacting the Flatbush Development Corporation or Sustainable Flatbush.