|Existing Context and Zoning
Canarsie is developed with a variety of land uses and housing types developed over time. However, building scale is predominantly low-rise with the residential blocks one- to three-stories in height and the commercial or mixed use buildings along its retail corridors ranging from one -to three-stories.
The one -and two-family detached, semi-detached and row house character is generally located between E. 89th Street Avenue and Fresh Creek Basin. The larger multi-family row houses are generally located between E.88th Street and Paerdegat Basin. The existing residential zoning districts mapped throughout the area, R4 and R5, do not reflect these differences, instead permitting all housing types. The proposed fine-tuned zoning changes would protect and preserve the character of the neighborhood and prevent future out-of-scale development.
Rockaway Parkway, Flatlands Avenue and Avenue L are the area’s existing retail corridors, containing a mix of one-story commercial buildings and two -to three-story, mixed-use buildings with ground floor retail. Numerous open spaces and community facilities (e.g. schools, churches) are located throughout the rezoning area.
The rezoning area has only one subway line, the BMT Canarsie “L”. It is the only and last stop in Canarsie with the L terminating at Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road. Numerous bus routes cross the major streets and intersections.
The existing zoning for Canarsie is predominantly R4 and R5 with C1-1, C1-2, C2-1 and C2-2 commercial overlays. The rezoning area includes portions of two blocks zoned C8-1 and portions of a four blockfront area mapped C3.
Out Of Character Development
An R4 district is mapped in the central portion of the rezoning area on all or portions of 100 blocks. This area is generally bounded by Avenue D, Rockaway Parkway, E.89th Street and Seaview Avenue.
R4 districts allow all housing types with a minimum lot width of 40 feet for detached residences and 18 feet for all others. Maximum lot coverage is 45% and the maximum FAR is 0.75 (plus 0.15 attic allowance). The perimeter wall maximum is 25 feet and the building height maximum is 35 feet. A front yard of at least ten feet is required and if the front yard exceeds ten feet than a front yard depth of 18 feet is required. For detached homes, two side yards are required with a minimum width of five feet each and a minimum total width of 13 feet. For all other building types, one eight foot side yard is required. The parking requirement for R4 districts is 100% (one space per unit). In addition, R4 districts permit use of the infill zoning at a maximum FAR of 1.35 at a height limit of 35 feet.
R5 districts are mapped on all or portions of the balance of approximately 150 blocks on the both eastern and western portions of the rezoning area. These areas are generally located between E. 108th Street and Rockaway Parkway (eastern portion) and E.88th Street and Paerdergat Avenue North (western portion).
R5 districts allow all housing types with a minimum lot width of 40 feet for detached residences and 18 feet for all others. Maximum lot coverage is 55% and the maximum FAR is 1.25. The street wall maximum is 30 feet and the building height maximum is 40 feet. A front yard of at least ten feet is required and if the front yard exceeds ten feet than a front yard depth of 18 feet is required. For detached homes, two side yards are required with a minimum width of five feet each and a minimum total width of 13 feet. For all other building types, one eight foot side yard is required. The parking requirement for R5 districts is 85%. In addition, developments utilizing the infill zoning provisions have a maximum FAR of 1.65 at a height limit of 33 feet.
Portions of two block frontages are located in a C8-1 district. These two locations are located on the north side of Glenwood Avenue between E. 100th Street and E.98th Street and on the southwest corner of Farragut Road and E.89th Street. Both areas are entirely residential.
C8-1 districts permit automotive and other commercial uses at a maximum FAR of 1.0. Typical uses include auto repair, gas stations and car washes. Residences are not permitted.
A C3 district is generally bounded by the centerline of Paerdegat Avenue North to the edge of the mapped park between Paerdegat 12th Street and Seaview Avenue. The current C3mapping is a remnant of a past mapping action in 1997 (from C3 to Park) and will be the subject of a technical correction to the zoning map.
Typically, C3 districts permit waterfront recreational activities, primarily boating and fishing, in areas along the waterfront that are usually adjacent to residential areas and permit residential uses at an R3-2 equivalent.
Commercial overlays currently include C1-1, C1-2, and C2-1 on Avenue L; and C1-2, C2-1 and C2-2 on both Flatlands Avenue and Rockaway Parkway. Most overlays are currently mapped at a depth of 150 feet.
C1 and C2 overlays are mapped in residence districts and serve the local retail needs (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants) of the surrounding residential neighborhood. C2 districts permit a slightly larger range of service uses (e.g., funeral homes, repair services). When commercial uses are mapped in R1 to R5 districts, the maximum FAR is 1.0. Commercial buildings in C1 and C2 districts are limited to two-stories and in mixed residential and commercial buildings, commercial uses are limited to one-story, always located below the residential use. C1-1 and C2-1 districts have higher parking requirements than C2-1 and 2-2 overlays.
|Existing R4 District: E.94th Street between Avenue L and Avenue M
|| Existing R4 District: E.93rd Street
between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue J
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