Below you’ll find an overview of the rezoning process, including a timeline and plans for community engagement.
In addition, we’ve developed a Rezoning Overview & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, which you can find here.
These pages will be continually updated as the process evolves.
In July 2015 the New York City Department of Education (DOE) notified the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 13 that it intended to develop a plan to rezone the catchment area for PS/MS 8, due to persistent overcrowding of the elementary school. In 2014-2015, PS 8 was approximately 135% overcapacity; PS 8 had a significant wait list for 2015-2016, and the DOE projects that overcrowding and wait lists will continue to increase if the zone size is not reduced.
On September 1st, the DOE’s Office of District Planning (ODP) presented a preliminary scenario for such a rezoning. The preliminary scenario contemplates reducing the size of the PS 8 zone, and increasing the size of the zone of PS 307, the neighboring elementary school in Vinegar Hill. ODP’s presentation included an overview of its methodology and a proposed map of new zone boundaries for PS 8 and PS 307, and can be found here: ODP Rezoning Scenario 9.1.15
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & UPCOMING MEETINGS
1) Town hall meetings currently scheduled to gather feedback on the preliminary scenario include:
- Wednesday, September 16, 6-7:30 pm: PS 307, 209 York St.
- Monday, September 21, 6:30 – 8 pm: PS 8, 37 Hicks St.
At each of these Town Halls, the ODP will give a short presentation of their proposed scenario. The rest of the time will be devoted to community members to provide comments and feedback on the plans.
2) CEC Calendar Meetings
- Wednesday, September 30th, 6:30 pm: PS 307, 209 York St.
ODP will present the CEC and the public with an official proposal. The official proposal may contain revisions to the preliminary scenario presented on September 1, based on community feedback.
- CEC Meeting Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm: PS 8, 37 Hicks St.
Public sessions to discuss the rezoning will be incorporated into the Agenda of any Calendar meeting that takes place prior to the approval of any rezoning proposal, so that additional comments on the proposal can continue to be voiced.
- CEC Meeting Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 pm: PS 287, 50 Navy St.
3) Throughout the rezoning process, all are encouraged to submit comments and questions using the Comment Form on the CEC website: http://cec13.org/hot-topics/rezoning/rezoning-comments/. Any comments sent through this form are forwarded to the NYC DOE ODP, District 13 Superintendent Barbara Freeman, and the CEC.
ZONING APPROVAL PROCESS AND TIMELINE
According to ODP, the CEC must approve a rezoning proposal by no later than mid-November in order to adequately inform DOE sufficient preparations for 2016-2017 kindergarten admissions.
The DOE is required to present any proposed rezoning plan at a public CEC meeting. After public review and comment, when the District 13 Superintendent feels the re-zoning plan merits a CEC vote of approval, she will submit to the CEC a final proposal and request approval via letter and/or email notice. The public may continue to submit comments on the plan during this time period. The CEC must vote on the plan, at a public meeting, within 45 days of the date the plan is submitted by the District Superintendent. If there is no CEC regular Calendar meeting that meets this timeline, a Special Meeting will be called and announced to the public with at least 48 hours’ notice.
Should the rezoning plan submitted by the District Superintendent merit significant changes based on feedback received, that proposal would require a new formal presentation by ODP followed by and a new submission from the Superintendent requesting approval. A new 45-day “clock” for CEC approval would begin on the date the Superintendent submits the proposal for approval.
Additional information can be found on our Rezoning Overview & FAQs page (see link at the very top of this post).