Friday, November 19, 2010

Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group/CAG UPDATES!!

Hello from CORD...An Announcement Regarding the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group...aka, THE CAG
As you know, the CAG held its first meeting on October 26th. You may read about the event in the preceeding post here on the blog (Scroll down to reach it).

Furthermore there are both the presentations and the meeting summary at the EPA website at:

Jeff Edelstein, the CAG's chosen Facilitator, asked CAG members to sign up for the various committees that would be formed:

"Members of the public are welcome to attend any CAG meetings, including committees, unless otherwise indicated. Because space may be limited at committee meetings, please contact Jeff Edelstein at or 207-632-8440 to register and receive location information."
"The schedule of upcoming CAG meetings is as follows:

Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Real Estate Committee

Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Water Quality Committee

Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Full CAG meeting, Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street.

Dec. 14th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Outreach Committee

There will also be committees on 1) technical issues; 2) archeology; 3) jobs/workforce development; and 4) CAG operating procedures. Dates for the first meetings of these committees will be announced once they have been determined.

The agenda for the initial committee meetings will be as follows:

  1. Discuss potential functions and goals of the committee.
  2. What are the major issues and challenges that the committee should address?
  3. Who else should/could be involved with the committee? In what ways?
  4. What are the information needs?
  5. Develop a workplan and operating procedures for the committee.
  6. Next steps.

The draft agenda for the full CAG meeting on Dec. 6 includes: 1) reports from the real estate and water quality committees; 2) updates, if any, from EPA or other relevant agencies; 3) responses from EPA to any questions posed at the 10-26 meeting that have not already been addressed. The EPA Project Manager, Christos Tsiamis, will be in attendance."

Jeff Edelstein, CAG Facilitator

Principal, Edelstein Associates

Senior Consultant, Consensus Building Institute

(207) 247-8024 (office)

(207) 632-8440 (cell)

Additional info at:

CORD encourages you to do so and to stay as involved as possible in this most important community process. Once again, we encourage you to attend. We also wish to remind you to please keep in touch with us via email with your questions, concerns feedback and comments.
Your correspondence with us will not be published unless you wish it so. But your general feedback will be brought back to the CAG group.
The CAG is our community's opportunity to make sure that we are heard--that our questions are answered, our concerns are addressed and our hopes and desires for community's future are presented.
Please take an active role in this process. Even if you cannot attend any of the meetings, please send us your feedback so we can take it back to the CAG. This is our time---let's take advantage of it! Thank you



With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........