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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Boerum Hill Printer Friendly Version
Boerum Hill Rezoning - Approval!
Proposed Zoning
Overview | Existing Context & Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

The Boerum Hill Contextual Rezoning proposal would map contextual zoning districts that reflect the scale and character of the neighborhood. Height limits, which do not exist under the current zoning, would be established throughout the rezoning area. An R6B district is proposed for the majority of the rezoning area, while R6A is proposed for the local retail corridors and certain higher-density residential streets. R7A is proposed for 3rd Avenue, a busy street with a strong commercial character. The proposal adjusts commercial overlays to reinforce existing mixed-use corridors such as Court Street and Smith Street that currently have commercial overlays and to recognize mixed-use areas such as 3rd Avenue and Bergen Street that don’t currently have commercial overlays, while protecting the residential character of side streets. PDF Document View the zoning comparison chart.

Boerum Hill Proposed Zoning Map
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R6B
R6B is proposed for approximately 67% of the study area (26 full or partial blocks). R6B would be mapped on predominantly residential blocks with a consistent low-rise (3- to 4-story) height and density of development. R6B is a typical row house district that includes height limits and street wall lineup provisions to ensure new buildings are consistent with the scale of the existing built context. R6B permits residential and community facility uses to a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.0. Building heights are limited to 40 feet at the street, with a 50 foot maximum building height after a setback (10 feet on a wide streets, 15 feet on a narrow street. New development in the proposed R6B district would be required to line up with adjacent structures to maintain the existing street wall characteristics. New multi- family residences must provide one off-street parking space for 50% of dwelling units, which may be waived if 5 or fewer spaces would be required.

Rowhouses on St. Mark’s Place, Existing R7B, Proposed R6B
Rowhouses on St. Mark’s Place, Existing R7B, Proposed R6B
Rowhouses on Warren Street,
Existing R6, Proposed R6B border=
Rowhouses on Warren Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6B
Apartment Buildings on Wyckoff Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6B
Apartment Buildings on Wyckoff Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6B
Rowhouses on Hoyt Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6B
Rowhouses on Hoyt Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6B


R6A
R6A is proposed for approximately 28% of the study area (16 full or partial blocks). R6A would be mapped on mixed-use corridors and streets characterized by taller or denser buildings that more closely match the R6A building envelope. C2-4 commercial overlays would be mapped in much of the proposed R6A district to promote ground-floor retail.

R6A provisions require height limits and street wall lineup provisions to ensure that new development would be in context with the scale of existing buildings. R6A permits residential and community facility uses to an FAR of 3.0. Building heights are limited to 60 feet at the street and 70 feet overall after a 10- to 15-foot setback from the street, producing six- to seven-story buildings. New structures in R6A districts are required to line up with adjacent structures to maintain the existing street wall. Off-street parking is required for 50% of new residential units.

Apartment Buildings on Dean Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6A
Apartment Buildings on Dean Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6A

Apartment Buildings on Pacific St.,Existing R6, Proposed R6A
Apartment Buildings on Pacific St., Existing R6, Proposed R6A

R7A
R7A is proposed for 3rd Avenue (6 partial blocks, or approximately 5% of the study area.)  R7A on 3rd Avenue would extend the current R7A zoning district mapped along sections of 3rd Avenue adjacent to the study area, providing a consistent character for the street. R7A would allow for development of vacant sites along 3rd Avenue providing for housing growth in a transit-rich location a block from the Atlantic Terminal LIRR and Atlantic Ave/Pacific Ave subway stations.

R7A is an apartment house district with height limits and street wall lineup provisions. R7A permits residential and community facility uses with a maximum FAR of 4.0. Height is limited to 65 feet at the street and 80 feet after a 10- or 15-foot setback, producing six- to eight-story buildings. One parking space is required for 50% of new residential units.

Office Building at 3rd Avenue and Dean Street, Existing R6, Proposed R7A/C2-4
Office Building at 3rd Avenue and Dean Street, Existing R6, Proposed R7A/C2-4
Mixed Use on 3rd Avenue, Existing R6, Proposed R7A/C2-4
Mixed Use on 3rd Avenue, Existing R6, Proposed R7A/C2-4


C2-4 Commercial Overlay

C2-4 commercial overlay districts are proposed to be mapped in locations where C1-3 and C2-3 districts exist today, within 100 feet of Smith Street and Court Street, as well as along portions of Hoyt Street, Pacific Street and Boerum Place. In addition, new C2-4 commercial overlay districts are proposed to be mapped on the north side of Bergen Street between Smith and Court streets and along 3rd Avenue, in order to reflect the existing commercial and mixed-use character of those streets. Overall, the C2-4 commercial overlay district is proposed for parts of 19 blocks, 13% of the rezoning area.

While the existing C1-3 and C2-3 commercial overlay districts are typically mapped to a depth of 150 feet, the proposed C2-4 districts would be mapped to a depth of 100 feet along most streets, and 50 feet along Hoyt Street. This action would protect against the intrusion of commercial uses onto residential side streets.

The proposed C2-4 commercial overlay districts have the same 2.0 maximum FAR for commercial use as the existing C1-3 and C2-3 commercial overlay districts, but allow a slightly broader range of commercial, retail and service uses than are permitted in the existing C1-3 districts. For general commercial uses, one off-street parking space is required for every 1,000 square feet of such use, and up to 40 spaces may be waived.

Mixed Use on Smith Street, Existing R6/C2-3, Proposed R6A/C2-4
Mixed Use on Smith Street, Existing R6/C2-3, Proposed R6A/C2-4
Loft buildings on Bergen Street, Existing R6, Proposed R6A/C2-4
Loft buildings on Bergen Street,
Existing R6, Proposed R6A/C2-4









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