Division of Planning

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Legislative Context

The Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act offers local governments the opportunity to participate in the State's Coastal Management Program (CMP) on a voluntary basis by preparing and adopting a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), which provides more detailed implementation of the CMP through use of existing broad powers as zoning and site plan review.

When the LWRP is approved by the New York State Secretary of State, State agency actions are required to be consistent with the approved LWRP to the maximum extent practicable. When the federal government concurs with the incorporation of an LWRP into the CMP, federal agency actions must be consistent with the approved addition to the CMP.

Title 19 of NYCRR Part 600, 601, 602, and 603 provide the rules and regulations that implement each of the provisions of the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act including but not limited to the required content of an LWRP, the processes of review and approval of an LWRP, and LWRP amendments.

Preparation of an LWRP

The LWRP consists of a planning document prepared by a community, and the program established to implement the plan. It may be comprehensive and address all issues that affect a community's entire waterfront, or it may address the most critical issues facing a significant portion of its waterfront.

The LWRP follows a step-by-step process by which a community can advance from vision to implementation. The process is described in Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs in the Coastal Area: Guidance Manual for Preparing Local Programs.

Benefits of an LWRP

An approved LWRP reflects community consensus and provides a clear direction for appropriate future development. It establishes a long-term partnership among local governments, community-based organizations, and the State. Funding to advance LWRPs is available under Title 11 of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund among other sources.

State permitting, funding, and direct actions must be consistent with an approved LWRP. Within the federally defined coastal area, federal agency activities are also required to be consistent with an approved LWRP. This provision ensures all government levels work together to build a stronger economy and a healthier environment.

LWRP Communities

Any village, town, or city located along the State's coast or designated inland waterway can prepare or amend an existing LWRP. Municipalities are encouraged to address local revitalization issues in alignment with regional economic development strategies and regional resource protection and management programs. 

Draft LWRP Review Process

After a Draft LWRP has been accepted by the municipality and the Department of State as complete, a formal public review of the document is initiated by DOS to potentially affected State, federal, and local agencies in accordance with applicable laws and regulations (Article 42 of the Executive Law and 19 NYCRR Part 600-603; State Environmental Quality Review Act and 6 NYCRR Part 617; and Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and 15 CFR Part 923)

All Draft LWRPs that are ready for review are posted. After the review process is completed, necessary revisions to the LWRP are made.

Approved LWRPs

The approval of the LWRP is a three-tier process involving adoption by the municipality, approval by the Secretary of State pursuant to the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act, and, for municipalities within the state’s coastal area, concurrence by OCRM on its incorporation into the CMP.

All LWRPs approved by the NYS Secretary of State are posted online pursuant to Article 42 of the NYS Executive Law.

LWRP Monitoring and Evaluation

Coastal communities with approved LWRPs may improve management of the responsibilities associated with LWRPs. The Office of Planning and Development conducts annual monitoring and evaluation of coastal communities with approved LWRPs. Written reports include a summary of findings and recommendations for improvement, training, or the need for an amendment.

Additional LWRP Resources

Making the Most of Your Waterfront Guidebook

Making the Most of Your Waterfront Video

Opportunities Waiting to Happen Guidebook 

Managing Coastal Hazards to Create a Sustainable Community

Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Adaptation

NYS Coastal Boundary Map 

List of Coastal Waterbodies and Designated Inland Waterways 

Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats

Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance

Watershed Management Plans

Guidelines for the preparation of harbor management plans 

Applicable State and federal regulations