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Projects & Proposals > Queens > College Point Printer Friendly Version
College Point Rezoning - Approved!
Existing Context and Zoning
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning

Existing Context and Zoning
Most of the residentially zoned blocks within the College Point rezoning area lie along relatively narrow streets and are predominantly developed with detached, one- and two- family dwellings. The residential zoning districts located throughout most of the area, R3-2 and R4, do not closely correspond to this development pattern, allowing instead all housing types including attached, multifamily development. The R4 zone allows a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 0.9, including the attic allowance, or a maximum FAR of 1.35 on lots where the R4 infill provisions apply. The R3-2 district has a maximum FAR of 0.6, including the attic allowance. As a result, out-of-character new buildings have been constructed in recent years as detached structures are replaced by attached and multifamily buildings.

College Point Existing Zoning Map with Land Use
Land Use with Existing Zoning
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Other residential districts in the neighborhood include several blocks zoned R3A and R3X that limit new development to detached, one- or two-family structures with a maximum FAR of 0.6. Yet, even in some of these areas single-family homes are torn down to be replaced by two-family buildings that do not blend in with neighboring buildings. The R4-1 district found on several blocks allows one and two family detached and semi-detached homes with a floor area ratio of 0.9.

A small R5B district is located on the east side of College Point Boulevard near the southern boundary of the rezoning area. The R5B district allows multifamily attached development with a floor area ratio of 1.35, but limits building height to 33 feet. Community facility and mixed residential/community facility buildings can have a maximum floor area ratio of 2.0.

C1-2 and C2-2 are commercial overlays placed on College Point Boulevard and 18th Avenue within the R4 district. The C1-2 overlay allows local retail and service shops needed in residential neighborhoods. The C2-2 overlays which allow a slightly broader range of services including small repair shops are mapped on 18th Avenue east of College Point Boulevard. Both overlays allow a maximum floor area ratio of 1.0 for commercial uses in the R4 district where they are mapped.

M1-1 , M1-2 and M2-1 are manufacturing districts located west, east and south of most of the residential blocks in College Point. The M1-1 district has a floor area ratio of 1.0, the M1-2 and M2-1 districts have a maximum FAR of 2.0. New residential development is not allowed in M2 districts and in most M1 districts.




23rd Avenue - New attached building replacing original detached residence - proposed R4A
14th Road & 115th Street - out-of-scale development with front yard parking - proposed R4-1
14th Road & 115th Street – out-of-scale development with front yard parking - proposed R4-1.
7th Avenue - out-of-character multifamily, semi-detached building -proposed R3A
7th Avenue – out-of-character multifamily, semi-detached building – proposed R3A.
Predominate residential development in manufacturing district - proposed R4-1
Predominate residential development in manufacturing district – proposed R4-1.



Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning


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