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Projects & Proposals > Queens > College Point Printer Friendly Version
College Point Rezoning - Approved!
Proposed Zoning
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning
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September 28, 2005

Proposed Zoning
Housing throughout the College Point rezoning area is predominantly low-density, detached one- and two-family buildings, some dating back more than a century. Higher density, mixed-use residential development exists on College Point Boulevard, the north-south local retail street of the community. Several blocks currently zoned for manufacturing have residential development. The goals of this comprehensive rezoning proposal for College Point are to:

  • Reinforce the established residential context and prevent out-of-character development by replacing general residence districts with contextual zoning;
  • Residentially rezone several blocks in manufacturing districts that are developed predominantly with residences;
  • Limit density and prevent over-scaled houses in areas that are predominately developed with single-family, detached homes;
  • Encourage mixed-use and infill development on College Point Boulevard to reinforce its traditional character; and
  • Modify the existing commercial overlays to reduce parking requirements, limit the overlay depth to 100 feet, add and eliminate overlays to reflecting current use.

The following zones are proposed within the rezoning area:

127th Street  - detached single-family development
127th Street - detached single-family development R2A proposed
R2A, a residential district that permits only single-family, detached homes, is proposed for three areas - affecting approximately one-quarter of the blocks within the 161-block rezoning area – where single-family detached homes on wide lots predominate. The R2A district allows a floor area ratio of 0.5 and requires a lot width of at least 40 feet. It differs from R2 zoning by limiting the building height to 21 feet at the perimeter wall and 35 feet overall, and places limits on floor area deductions.

6th Avenue / College Point Boulevard - detached 1- or 2-family housing on narrow lots.
6th Avenue / College Point Boulevard - detached 1- or 2-family housing on narrow lots. R3A proposed
R3A, a residential district that allows only one- and two-family, detached development is proposed to replace most of the existing R3-2 zoning on narrow lots developed with detached houses. While the maximum FAR of 0.6, including the attic allowance, and building height requirements, remain the same, new development requires a minimum lot width of 25 feet. A minimum front yard depth of 10 feet, with match-up requirements, replaces the 15-foot depth required by R3-2 zoning.

R3-1, a residential district that allows only one- or two-family, detached or semi-detached development would replace the existing R3-2 zoning for a small area that faces Powell’s Cove Park. The FAR, height and yard requirement are the same as the R3-2 district.

123rd Street between 11th and 13th avenues - Victorian-era detached one- and two-family homes R4A proposed
123rd Street between 11th and 13th avenues – Victorian-era detached one- and two-family homes R4A proposed
R4A, a residential district that allows only one- and two-family detached development, is proposed for approximately half of the lots within the rezoning area – where one- and two-family detached houses, predominate. The R4A district allows the same floor area ratio of 0.9 as R4 zoning but requires a minimum lot width of 30 feet for detached development. It has a maximum perimeter wall height limit of 21 feet and an overall maximum building height of 35 feet.

127th Street  - detached single-family development
23rd Avenue between 128th and 129th streets - semi-detached two-family development R4-1 proposed
R4-1, a residential district that allows both detached and semi-detached one- and two-family houses, is proposed for approximately 15 percent of the rezoning area, replacing R4, M1-1 and M2-1 districts. In the four separate areas to be rezoned R4-1, residential uses predominate and all or most of the homes are semi-detached. R4-1 allows the same 0.9 floor area ratio as R4 but does not allow attached, multifamily development. A minimum 8 foot wide side-yard is required for semi-detached development. The front yard must be either 10 feet deep, or at least 18 feet deep and the building may be no higher than 25 feet at the perimeter wall and 35 feet overall.

R5B, a residential district that allows all housing types, is proposed for lots on both sides of College Point Boulevard, extending the existing R5B district. R5B allows attached, multiple-family development with a maximum FAR of 1.35 equal to the optional R4 infill provisions. Front yards of new buildings must be five feet in depth, or can align with adjacent building setbacks. One parking space is required for each residential unit or two spaces for every three units if grouped parking is provided. The street wall height is limited to 30 feet and the maximum building height is 33 feet.

Proposed Commercial Overlay Changes
The existing C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlays would be changed to C1-3 and C2-3, respectively. The overlay depth on 18th Avenue will be reduced from 150 feet to 100 feet and overlays on two blockfronts would be eliminated. A C1-3 overlay will be added on College Point Boulevard north of 14th Avenue. The overlays allow residential development guided by the regulations of the underlying residential zoning districts. However, front and side yards are not required. Parking requirements for residential development are governed by the underlying residential district regulations. The parking requirements for commercial uses are slightly lower in the proposed overlay districts than in the existing overlays. The C1-3 and C2-3 overlays have a maximum floor area ratio of 1.0 for commercial development. For a mixed commercial / community facility or residential / community facility development, a 2.0 floor area ratio is allowed.

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