About the Federal Advisory Committee
The Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee was formed in 2012 by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Director of the National Park Service (Director), on the development of a reuse plan and on matters relating to future uses of the Fort Hancock Historic District of Gateway National Recreation Area.Its members come from a variety of disciplines including local government, real estate, hospitality, education, recreation, nature sciences, environmental action, and more. Members must nominate themselves during a Call for Nominations. All meetings and all major changes to the committee, including its formation and changes to membership, must be announced in the Federal Register.
All meetings are open to the public, with a time regularly set aside for public comment.
The committee has met regularly since January 2013 to consider the future of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark. The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, a National Park Service site created by an Act of Congress in 1972, covers the majority of the landmark district.As stated in the original Advisory Committee Charter (2012), the committee encourages leasing of the historic buildings for adaptive reuse. The 2014 amended version of the charter is here. This committee will follow its operating procedures to help the park develop plans consistent with Gateway’s 2014 General Management Plan (GMP).
Gateway is working to identify appropriate future uses and redevelopment strategies for the buildings and cultural landscape at Fort Hancock. The Committee was formed to provide advice to the Executive Branch of government, which includes the National Park Service. The 20 committee members serve without compensation and represent a wide array of local and national leaders in government, business, recreation, and real estate, as well as experts in natural, scientific and education resources. The committee has met every four to six weeks over the past three years and strives to operate by consensus. Relevant documents, background materials, meeting minutes, and other useful information used by the Committee can be found elsewhere on this website.