From the Daily News:
For the past 15 years, developers who have built certain structures along the waterfront have been required to provide access areas. But those regulations forced them to follow a series of rigid guidelines.
In some cases, the results have been waterfront areas that are tough to get to and have little to offer.
Under the new regulations, developers would have more flexibility. They would even be allowed to open cafes and boat launches.
[City Planning Commissioner Amanda] Burden said she envisions tree-lined streets that draw people to the water.