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Cross Access Connections Zoning - Approved!

  Update June 10, 2009:
On June 10, 2009, the City Council adopted the Cross Access Connections Text Amendment. PDF Document View the adopted text amendment. The text changes are now in effect.


The Cross Access Connection zoning text amendment is a joint effort of the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Staten Island Transportation Task Force. The Task Force consists of the Staten Island Borough President of Staten Island, City Council Members, all three Community Boards, the NYC Department of Transportation and other city and state agencies. Staten Island is home to several regional shopping areas, which are characterized by large parking lots due to the borough’s dependence on autos. Most of these shopping centers are designed with fences or landscaped buffers surrounding their parking lots. The concentration of autos in these areas, combined with a lack of driveways between parking lots create congested streets as shoppers must use the local road network to get to the next store. These traffic movements coming in and out of parking lots exacerbate road conditions, slowing both buses and commuters. This traffic pattern also creates hazards for pedestrians as drivers must cross sidewalks more often than necessary. Unlike many other cities, current zoning regulations do not require vehicular connections between adjacent large shopping centers.
The proposed Zoning Text Amendment has two main objectives.

  • Reduce traffic in regional shopping areas by allowing vehicles to move between retail or community facility developments without re-entering the public street.

  • Create a safer pedestrian and vehicular environment by providing direct vehicular connections between abutting commercial developments.

Large retail developments with numerous curb cuts and unconnected parking lots
Large retail developments with numerous curb cuts and unconnected parking lots

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