The Department of City Planning proposes to change the Zoning Map on all or portions of 411 blocks in the neighborhoods of Bellerose, Floral Park and Glen Oaks in Queens, Community District 13. The rezoning is generally bounded by the Grand Central Parkway to the north, the boundary of the City of New York to the east, Jericho Turnpike and 93rd Avenue to the south, and on the west, by an irregular line north along Springfield Boulevard, 221st, 229th and 231st Streets.
The proposed rezoning was undertaken in response to concerns raised by Community Board 13, local civic organizations and local elected officials that existing zoning does not closely reflect established neighborhood character and was resulting in denser new development. The proposed actions seek to reinforce the predominant low-density, suburban character typically found on residential blocks.
The rezoning changes will encompass the neighborhoods of Bellerose, Floral Park, as well as portions of Glen Oaks and reach into the neighboring communities of New Hyde Park and Bellaire. It also includes most of the Royal Ranch development located to the north of Glen Oaks. These suburban communities were developed during the first half of the twentieth century and, except for Glen Oaks, are dominated by the detached single-family housing type defined by post World War II development patterns. Many of the homes in these communities were constructed for returning veterans and their families.
The rezoning area consists of seven existing zoning districts: R2, R3A, R3-1, R3-2, R4, R4-1 and C8-1. C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlay districts are mapped along Union Turnpike, Hillside Avenue, Braddock Avenue and Jericho Turnpike. Some sections of the rezoning area were rezoned in 1989, 1993 and 2004, but most of the area’s zoning has remained unchanged since 1961 when the current Zoning Resolution was adopted. Current zoning does not closely reflect prevailing contexts of built scale, density, and housing types found in the Bellerose, Floral Park and Glen Oaks neighborhoods.
The northern and eastern portions of the rezoning area are zoned R2 and include the Royal Ranch, Floral Park, and New Hyde Park neighborhoods. The portions of Bellerose and Bellaire neighborhoods located south of Hillside Avenue are zoned R3-2, R3-1, R3A, R4-1 and R4, as well as C8-1 (a commercial automotive district) along a portion of Jericho Turnpike. C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlays are mapped along portions of Union Turnpike, Jericho Turnpike, Hillside Avenue and Braddock Avenue where these thoroughfares contain commercial uses.
The Department of City Planning produced the currently proposed rezoning through close consultation with Community Board 13, local civic organizations and local elected officials. The proposed rezoning seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Protect the established low density character
- Ensure that future development will be consistent with existing building patterns
- Update commercial overlay districts to reflect existing land uses and prevent commercial encroachment into residential side streets.