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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Carroll Gardens/Columbia Street Printer Friendly Version
Carroll Gardens/Columbia Street Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Context & Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update October 28, 2009:
On October 28, 2009 the City Council adopted the Carroll Gardens/Columbia Street Rezoning. The zoning map amendments are now in effect.

Corner of 2nd Place and Court Street
Corner of 2nd Place and Court Street

At the request of Community Board 6, community and neighborhood groups, and local elected officials, the Department of City Planning proposes zoning map amendments for an approximately 86 block area of the Carroll Gardens and Columbia Street neighborhoods within Community District 6 in Brooklyn. 

The rezoning area includes the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Columbia Street.  The Carroll Gardens portion of the rezoning area is generally bounded by Degraw Street, Warren Street and Douglass Street to the north; Hoyt Street, Bond Street and Smith Street to the east; 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street, Centre Street and Hamilton Avenue to the south; and Hicks Street to the west. The Columbia Street portion of the rezoning area consists of approximately 14 blocks bounded by Warren Street to the north, a line between Columbia Street and Van Brunt Street to the west, Hicks Street to the east and Woodhull Street to the south.  The areas proposed to be rezoned are zoned entirely R6. 

The rezoning proposal has been developed after extensive discussion with the Community Board, elected officials, and neighborhood residents.  The rezoning responds to community concerns about recent out-of-scale development permitted under the current zoning by mapping contextual districts with height limits throughout the study area which would preserve the existing built character while allowing for new development and modest expansions where appropriate at a height and scale that is in keeping with the existing context.  The rezoning would support and promote the local, vibrant retail corridors while protecting the residential character of nearby side streets.   

The proposed rezoning builds upon the Department’s Carroll Gardens Narrow Streets Text Amendment which was undertaken at the community’s request and approved in 2008.  That text amendment aimed to limit the size and configuration of new buildings and enlargements on certain streets with deep front courtyards which had been defined as wide streets under existing zoning and therefore permitted a higher density that was out of scale with the existing built context. The proposed rezoning of the Carroll Gardens and Columbia Street neighborhoods fulfills the Department’s commitment to return to the community with a more comprehensive set of zoning recommendations for the larger area.

Brief explanations of terms in green italics can be viewed by clicking on the term. Words and phrases followed by an asterisk (*) are defined terms in the Zoning Resolution, primarily in Section 12-10. Consult the Zoning Resolution for the official and legally binding definitions of these words and phrases.
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