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Federal, State And City Agencies Partner To Launch Waterfront Navigator Website

May 12 2016

The Waterfront Navigator website will serve as New York City’s “one-stop” resource for waterfront permit planning

NEW YORK, NY—Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in collaboration with the Empire State Development (ESD), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the New York Department of State (NYSDOS), the New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) launched a brand new website that will serve as a centralized source of information for businesses and waterfront property owners seeking to learn what tools are available to them and facilitate environmental permit applications for waterfront construction.

The Waterfront Navigator website will include comprehensive information, clear expectations on regulatory requirements and application steps, and realistic timeframes that will ultimately result in better permit applications and reduce the regulatory review time needed for permits to be issued. For business and property owners seeking to construct waterfront projects, the Waterfront Navigator will reduce applicant frustration and ultimately expedite implementation of waterfront projects in New York City.

“New York City has long been a global maritime hub for waterfront business owners and development, yet it has been a perennial challenge to navigate the complicated waterfront permit application process. This is largely because of the multiple layers of federal, state, and local entities with jurisdictional responsibility for waterfront construction permitting,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “That’s why I’m proud to announce NYCEDC’s new ‘one-stop’ user-friendly website, ‘WaterfrontNavigator.NYC,’ where various regulatory agencies have come together to create and share a common resource to simplify waterfront permit planning. The creation of this website optimizes the value and importance of interagency collaboration at all levels of government.”

“This comprehensive and informative website will serve as a valuable tool to help spur development along New York City’s waterfront while also protecting our valuable coastal resources,” said Acting New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “The Department of State is glad to be part of this collaborative effort.” NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Through Governor Cuomo’s leadership, DEC is working hard to ensure that permitting decisions and environmental reviews are timely and responsive. The new Waterfront Navigator is an effective resource for simplifying the permitting process for waterfront development projects, providing a useful tool for homeowners and maritime businesses alike to visit one website for tips and directions to successfully develop a permitting application, navigate each step of the process, and obtain permits faster. DEC is proud to partner on the creation of this efficient and effective resource that will save applicants and the state time without compromising the integrity of our important regulatory programs."

"Waterfront construction can be complicated and challenging. NYSEDC's Waterfront Navigator will ease the permitting process for applicants for in-water permits by providing needed information in a clear and easy-to-follow website. This is an example of how we're making government work better,” said City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod.

“Maritime businesses in NY Harbor invest heavily in bulkhead repairs, dredging, and other routine maintenance required to support vessel operations. As an owner operator with marine facilities in NY Harbor, we found the NY waterfront permitting complicated in the past. The Waterfront Navigator site is a welcome, transparent way to navigate the waterfront permit process,” said Brian Hughes of Hughes Bros./Erie Basin Marine Associates.

"The Waterfront Navigator is a great step for 'one-stop shop' permitting," said Roland Lewis, president and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance. "This will help streamline the confusing labyrinth of approvals for maritime and waterfront development, which has been onerous, especially to not-for-profit organizations and the maritime industry. We're proud to have been a major advocate for the Waterfront Navigator and prouder still that it's now being unveiled at our Waterfront Conference. We look forward to a continued partnership with the NYCEDC to support our working waterfront."

“Waterfront Navigator has long been needed for the maritime industry in New York. New York is the largest tugboat and barge hub along the Atlantic seaboard. Waterfront Navigator will reduce the pain associated with the permit process making it easier to invest and create good-paying jobs in the City. Congratulations to NYC Economic Development Corporation for spearheading the initiative and all of the state and federal regulatory agencies. We hope that this provides a path for the industry to flourish in New York Harbor,” said Captain Eric Johansson, professor of Marine Transportation and Professional Education at Maritime College and Executive Director of the Tug and Barge Committee Port of New York/New Jersey.

Funding to create the website was provided by Empire State Development and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The website will include a waterfront permitting assistance toolbox that consists of:

  • An interactive project questionnaire
  • Interagency FAQ sheets and checklists
  • Step-by-step infographics
  • Concise agency jurisdiction graphics
  • Links to other waterfront resources
  • And a directory of Federal, State and City agencies

Learn more about the information and tools available for waterfront permit planning in New York City by visiting

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