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East Flushing Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Proposed Zoning

  Update July 27, 2005:
On July 27, 2005 the City Council adopted the East Flushing Rezoning. The zoning map amendments are now in effect.

Semi-detached houses on 164th Street in proposed R4-1 District
Semi-detached houses on 164th Street in proposed R4-1 District
The Department of City Planning proposes to rezone all or portions of 103 blocks in East Flushing, Community District 7, Queens.  The zoning map amendment will affect an area generally bounded by Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue to the north, Laburnum Avenue to the south, 166th Street to the east, and 149th Place to the west.

The East Flushing proposal is a contextual rezoning that will support development at underutilized sites along Northern Boulevard and Sanford Avenue, while protecting remaining areas from out-of-character multi‑family residential development.  The rezoning will reinforce established built contexts and update commercial overlay zones to allow mixed use development where appropriate and prevent the intrusion of retail uses on residential midblocks.

The East Flushing study area is located east of Downtown Flushing.  The study area is primarily residential, with a variety of different housing types.  The area also includes commercial development concentrated along two corridors – Northern Boulevard and 162nd Street – and a small underutilized manufacturing district.  The rezoning was initiated in response to community concerns about the ability of the existing zoning, in place since 1961, to accurately reflect existing built form, and guide future development.  An R4 district encompasses the bulk of the rezoning area, located primarily between 156th and 166th streets, as well as a large portion of the Northern Boulevard corridor.  R5, R3‑2, and a small M1‑1 district occupy the western third of the area between 149th and 156th streets.  Two R2 districts just south and north of Northern Boulevard are also included in the rezoning area.   

Public Review
On January 31, 2005, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application (C 050277 ZMQ) for the proposed East Flushing rezoning. The application was referred to Community Board 7 which held its public hearing on April 11, 2005 and voted April 11, 2005 to adopt a resolution recommending approval of the application with modifications. The Queens Borough President issued a recommendation on May 23, 2005, after the 30-day review period, approving the application with modifications.  The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 25, 2005, and on July 11, 2005, the City Planning Commission approved the rezoning application with modifications. Regarding the proposed R6B district on portions of Northern Boulevard and Sanford Avenue, the Commission modified the application by changing the proposed zoning to R5B on these blockfronts (PDF Document Read the CPC report). On July 27, 2005, the City Council adopted the zoning changes which are now in effect.

For more information contact the Queens Office of the Department of City Planning at (718) 286-3170.

Overview | Proposed Zoning

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