Town Hall Charrette, Photographer:  Vanita Solomon

Community Planning Its Future



Below are the drafts of the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Working Team proposed “Action Plans” (PAPs) and  Study Area(s).  These have been refined with the feedback from the February 1st, 2010 Town Hall Charrettes and subsequent brain-storming sessions.  Four Working Teams have presented final proposed plans to the full CWG, the Community Boards and have received approval, while others have indicated they need more time before making final proposed Action Plans to the full CWG. The Action Plans and Study Areas endorsed by the full CWG will serve as the basis for a comprehensive, community-based 197-a Plan.

Beginning in April 2010, Manhattan Community Boards 1, 2 & 3, who would be co-sponsors of the CWG's  197-a Plan, conducted public hearings on the proposed PAPS and Study Area(s)  We have posted updates and revisions here and have listed meetings in the Calendar on the home page, so that all interested parties may attend. 

Please note: the CWG has not yet determined all official Action Plans and/or Study Areas. Official CWG positions are be determined when the entire CWG membership votes on final revisions.  See Updated Milestones - June 7, 2010

In April 2010, the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) received a $150,000 grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) to hire a planning consultant to assist with our comprehensive, community based 197a Plan. The NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) was designated as the fiscal conduit. 

In August 2010 discussions were entered with the Fund for the City of New York as an alternative fiscal conduit.

In July 2010, the Full CWG approved a proposed "Scope of Services" and "Scoring Matrix" as the basis for hiring its planning consultant:

The proposed "Scope of Services" identifies what is required by the CWG of its planning
consultant. See
Scope of Services for EDC Selection of Planning Firm Candidates, July 27, 2010 and the updated Planning Consultant RFP of Feb. 6, 2012.

The proposed "Scoring Matrix" is the CWG's criteria for evaluating potential applicants.

On July 12th the Full CWG adopted an Implementation Taskforce to carry forward the approved Action Plans.

Documents for review:

Pratt Executive Summary - June 2014

Proposed Action Plans

Working Team Study Area   Preliminary Action Plan

Culture, Affordability, Preservation & Zoning
Proposed Study Area - April 12, 2010

Proposed Study Area - July 8, 2010

CAPZ Zoning Proposals

To review a variety of proposals in discussion by this team from March 2011, click here

June 7, 2010

These represent proposed study areas that have been or are under consideration by the CAPZ Team. Specific recommendations by CAPZ for this proposed area are still being reviewed.

CAPZ Proposal - July 8, 2010

Culture & Preservation Map_Aug 2010

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Econ Zoning Matrix, July 2010
See Economic Development section for proposed areas for zoning modifications.

  The Action Plan is not yet available, pending further discussions.

CAPZ PAP, Feb. 6, 2012

Chinatown Working Group, Culture-Affordability-Preservation-Zoning Committee
Summary Recommendations on Pratt Study
February 27, 2015


Economic Development
Economic Study Areas as proposed June 7, 2010
Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

See also CAPZ Zoning Proposals

  The Proposed Preliminary Action Plan Presentation, June 14, 2010

Economic Development Updated Preliminary Action Plan (Data Updates) ,
Sept 20, 2010.  (English, only)

Economic Development Preliminary Action Plan - May 2012 Update

Consolidated Economic Plans - Draft, May 7, 2012


Education & Schools
This Working Team has completed its Preliminary Action Plan which will be presented to Community Boards 1,2, and 3 for review in Nov and Dec 2010.

Action Plan approved Dec. 6, 2010


  Preliminary Action Plan, April 12, 2010

Education & Schools Action Plan, Nov. 6, 2010 (English) 

Chinese Version Action Plan - revised Jan 2011

Spanish Action Plan

CB#2 Manhattan Resolution Approving Education & Schools PAP


Immigrant Affairs & Social Services

This Working Team has completed its Preliminary Action Plan which will be presented to Community Boards 1,2, and 3 for review in Nov and Dec 2010.

Action Plan approved Dec. 6, 2010

  Preliminary Action Plan, April 12, 2010

Immigrant & Social Services Action Plan, Nov. 6, 2010 (English)

Chinese Action Plan

Spanish Action Plan

CB#2 Manhattan Resolution Approving Immigrant & Social Services PAP


Parking, Transportation, Circulation & Security
Traffic & Transp Study Area-Click on link below
Proposed Study Area

Traffic & Transportation Action Plan, Adopted July 12, 2011

  Preliminary Action Plan, April 13, 2010

Preliminary Action Plan, June 8 2010 Update (English, only)


Transportation Preliminary Action Plan -4-15-11 Update

 CWG Comments-March 2011 to Transportation PAP


Parks, Open Space & Recreation
Parks Committee Study Area.  Click on Link Below
Proposed Study Area

Action Plan approved Dec. 6, 2010

  The Preliminary Action Plan. April 13, 2010

Parks, Open Space & Recreation Preliminary Action Plan, Nov. 15, 2010 (English)

Spanish PAP

Chinese PAP


Antony Wong


Working Teams

Acting Chair:  Richard Lee

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Amy Chin and Mitchell Grubler

Education & Schools
Acting Chair:  K Webster

Economic Development & Revitalization
Wellington Chen
Vice Chair:
 Zella Jones

 Immigrant Affairs & Social Services
Gigi Li and Mae Lee

Parking, Transportation, Circulation & Security
Chair:  Danny Chen

Parks, Open Space & Recreation
Ed Ma and Anne Frederick

Victor Papa and Michael Levine





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