Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 8, Inc. was established in 2007 to support work of Brooklyn Community Board 8 and improve the quality of life in the district. Friends provides planning, advocacy, research and administrative resources to supplement the limited capacities and budget of the Community Board, thus enabling the Board to properly carry out its Charter mandated responsibilities of evaluating the needs of and advocating on behalf of its communities. Through the contributions of public and private resources, Friends of Community Board 8, Inc aims to drive the balanced growth of all the communities it serves.
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 8, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is formed are as follows: to maintain and improve the social welfare and quality of life with the communities encompassed within Brooklyn Community Board 8 as defined by the districting Commission under the Chapter 52 of the Charter of the City of New York. The commission will further the work of Brooklyn Community Board 8, an independent agency operating pursuant to the Charter of the City of New York, Chapters 69-70. Brooklyn Community Board 8 includes the communities of Crown Heights North, Prospect Heights and Weeksville.
The corporation will help support and facilitate citizen participation in City Government. The corporation will also assist Community Board 8 to evaluate the quality and quantity of services provided by agencies that deliver municipal services in the local community. The public will benefit through the corporation's focus on supporting the role of Brooklyn Community Board 8 in land use and planning matters, budget advocacy, monitoring the delivery of municipal services and other areas of involvement in the purview of the Community Board. Additionally, the organization will supplement the Community Board's efforts to encourage citizen participation civic, block, merchant and other associations and organizations functioning within the community.
Therefore, the corporation will channel all resources to promote the public welfare of the district and its residents.
Despite the responsibilities mandated to it by the City Charter, under current levels of City funding the Community Board's District Office simply cannot keep up with the demands of the Board's work. Proactive planning and long-term thinking are rare privileges for an organization that is charged with advocacy for its neighborhoods' needs. The Board is unable, for instance, to commission independent studies to help it develop policy, or adequately to assess policies proposed elsewhere by City government. A separately funded auxiliary organization is necessary to allow the Board to do its job properly, give the number of complexity of issues the Community Board faces. Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 8, Inc. is that organization.
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Zoning Study: The scope of the work completed during the zoning study was as follows:
An examination of the District was completed with a detailed analysis of the different varieties of zoning areas. As the District is unevenly divided with mixed use, commercial use only, and residential use only zoning codes, the examination required that all three of these uses be assessed, with the most conducive to community growth suggested for certain areas. Historical resources were also analyzed to discover properties that should be added to the historical sites if they were omitted, and/or to expand via suggestion other locations for historical designation.
As there are a number of privately owned vacant lots in the District, these lots were examined to see which could be best used as open community space.
Finally, as far as the defunct manufacturing and commercial spaces are concerned, the main commercial corridors of the District were evaluated to determine which areas should be more closely targeted for economic revitalization and façade improvements.
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1.Report a complaint or request for service by contacting the District Office.
2. Attend meetings of the Community Board and ask to be put on the mailing list to get meeting notices.
3. Apply to become a Community Board Member. You can do so either by picking up an application at the Community Board's Office, contacting the Brooklyn Borough President's Office at 718-802-3700, or by contacting your local Council Member.
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