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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Briarwood Printer Friendly Version
Briarwood Rezoning - Approved!
Proposed Zoning
Introduction | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

The proposal, encompassing all or part of 39 blocks in Briarwood, would rezone existing R3A, R4, R4-1 and R6A districts to lower-density or contextual districts (R3X, R4, R4-1, R4A, R4B and R5D), in order to preserve the area’s character and to ensure that future residential development is consistent with its surrounding context.

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Proposed R3X (from R3A and R4-1)
Typical detached houses on 150th Street in a proposed R3X zone
Typical detached houses on 150th Street in a proposed R3X zone
The proposed R3X District would be mapped on all or portions of 22 blocks currently zoned R3A bounded by 84th Road to the north, 148th Street to the east, 144th Street to the west and Hillside Avenue to the south, and on a portion of one block front, currently zoned R4-1, on 148th Street, between 84th Drive and 87th Avenue to the south. Most of the homes in these areas are one- and two-family detached houses on comparatively wider lots than other parts of the Briarwood neighborhood

The proposed R3X District would limit new development to 1- and 2- family detached houses on lots with a minimum width of 35 feet and a minimum lot area of 3,325 square feet.   The perimeter wall would be permitted to rise to a maximum height of 21 feet before sloping to a maximum height of 35 feet.  One parking space per dwelling unit is required.  The maximum allowable FAR of 0.6 (including a 0.1 FAR attic allowance).


Proposed R4-1 (from R3A and R4)
Typical semi-detached houses on Coolidge Avenue in a proposed R4-1 zone
Typical semi-detached houses on Coolidge Avenue in a proposed R4-1 zone
R4-1 is proposed on portions of two blocks currently zoned R3A bounded by 87th Avenue to the north, Parsons Boulevard to the east, 144th Street to the west and Hillside Avenue to the south, and on portions of three blocks currently zoned R4 bounded by the Grand Central Parkway to the north, Parsons Boulevard to the east, Hoover Avenue to the south and Smedley Street to the west. Most of the homes in the area are one- and two-family detached and semi-detached houses on narrow lots.

The proposed R4-1 District would limit new development to one- and two-family, detached and semi-detached buildings. A minimum lot width of 25 feet and a minimum lot area of 2,375 square feet are required for detached houses. For semi-detached houses a minimum lot width of 18 feet and a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet are required. The maximum perimeter wall height is 25 feet and maximum building height is 35 feet . This district has a maximum FAR of 0.9 (including a 0.15 FAR attic allowance).


Proposed R4A (from R4-1)
R4A is proposed on portions of two blocks, currently zoned R4-1, bounded by 86th Avenue to the north, 143rd Street to the east, 139th Street to the west and 87th Avenue to the south, and on portions of two blocks bounded by 84th Drive to the north, 148th Street to the east, 143rd Street to the west and 87th Avenue to the south.  Most of the homes in the two areas are larger detached one- and two-family houses on wide lots.

The proposed R4A District would allow only detached, one- or two-family houses on properties with minimum lot widths of 30 feet.   The maximum FAR allowed is 0.9 (including a 0.15 FAR attic allowance).  The maximum perimeter wall height is 25 feet and  maximum building height  is 35 feet. 


Proposed R4B (from R6A and R4)
Two- story row houses on Hoover Avenue in a proposed R4B zone
Two- story row houses on Hoover Avenue in a proposed R4B zone
An R4B District is proposed on a portion of two blocks on the southern block front  of Pershing Crescent currently zoned R6A, and on all or portions of three blocks in the northeast corner of Briarwood bounded by the Grand Central Parkway to the north, Parsons Boulevard to the east, Hoover Avenue to the south and Smedley Street to the west, currently zoned R6A and R4. Most of the homes in the three areas are attached one- and two-family rowhouses.

R4B Districts restrict development to one- and two-family residences and permit detached, semidetached and attached residential buildings.  The maximum FAR is 0.9 and maximum  building height is 24 feet.  Front yard parking is prohibited in R4B Districts. R4B Districts typically produce two-story row houses. 


Proposed R4 (from R6A)
Row houses with front yard  parking on 85th Drive in a proposed R4 zone
Row houses with front yard  parking on 85th Drive in a proposed R4 zone
An R4 District is proposed on a portion of two blocks, currently zoned R6A, on 85th Drive, just west of Manton Street. Most of the homes in the areas are attached one- and two-family row houses with parking accessed  through  front yard driveways.

The proposed R4 District, a general residence district, permits all types of housing, including multifamily residential development at an FAR of 0.9, and a maximum FAR of 1.35 where R4 infill regulations could apply. The maximum building height in R4 districts is 35 feet and the maximum perimeter wall height is 25 feet.



Proposed R5D (from R4 and R6A)
An R5D District is proposed: on portions of two blocks, currently zoned R4, fronting on Parsons Boulevard between the Grand Central Parkway to the north and Hoover Avenue to the south; on all or portions of three blocks, currently zoned R6A, bounded by the Grand Central Parkway to the north, 138th Street to the east, 135th Street to the west and Hoover Avenue to the south; and on a portion of one block bounded by Burden Crescent to the north and 85th Avenue to the south, also in an R6A District. Most of the buildings in the three areas are attached three-story, multi-family apartments.

The proposed R5D District, is a general residence district that allows for all types of housing. The maximum allowable residential FAR is 2.0. R5D regulations allow a maximum building height of 40 feet. Parking spaces for 66% of dwelling units are required in R5D Districts and if more than one dwelling unit is provided, parking cannot be waived.


Proposed Zoning
Proposed zoning map with Land Use and Building Occupancy
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Introduction | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review


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