The Department of City Planning proposes a zoning map amendment for approximately 41 blocks in the southern part of the central Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills, Community District 6. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Union Turnpike to the east, 69th Avenue to the west and Kessel Street to the north.
In response to community concerns that the current zoning does not closely match the built character of the neighborhood, the proposed rezoning was undertaken in consultation with elected officials, the Forest Hills Community and Civic Association and Community Board 6.
The proposed contextual zoning districts -- R3A, R3X and R3-1 - aim to preserve the area's predominant one-and two-family character and ensure that future residential development is consistent with the surrounding neighborhood. Additionally, the proposed commercial overlay district modifications will reinforce local convenience retail uses in the neighborhood and prevent intrusion of commercial uses on residential streets.
Existing Neighborhood Character
Typical single family detached homes on narrow lots on 69th Avenue & Sybilla Street
75th Road between Kessel Street & Metropolitan Avenue
Two-story row houses 70th Drive
between Metropolitan Avenue and Sybilla Street
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