The rezoning proposal would change the area’s R3-2, R4 and R7-1 zones to contextual R2, R3-1, R3A and R4B zones to better reflect existing neighborhood development patterns.
About half of the study area is proposed to change from R7-1 or R4 to R4B. The houses in these blocks are almost all one- and two-family attached rowhouses or semi-detached houses. The proposed R4B zone is primarily a low-rise rowhouse district, but it also allows detached and semi-detached buildings. Development is limited to one- and two-family houses with a maximum floor area ratio of 0.9 and a maximum building height of 24 feet. The front yard must be a minimum of five feet and at least as deep as an adjacent front yard up to a depth of 20 feet. A C1-2 commercial overlay is also proposed along one blockfront on 69th Avenue to reflect long established local commercial uses.
Six blocks that are developed with mostly detached frame houses on comparatively narrow lots are proposed to be changed from R4 to R3A. The existing R4 zone is a general residence district that allows a variety of housing types. The proposed R3A district permits modest sized one- and two-family detached houses on lots with a minimum width of 25 feet, and it allows a maximum floor area ratio of 0.6, including an attic allowance.
Five blocks containing one- and two-family, detached and semi-detached houses are proposed to be rezoned from R3-2 to R3-1. The existing R3-2 zone is a general residence district that allows a variety of housing types, including multi-family dwellings, rowhouses and small apartment buildings. The proposed R3-1 district is limited to single- and two-family detached and semi-detached houses, otherwise R3-1 has the same building and lot requirements as R3-2, such as a maximum building height of 35 feet and a maximum floor area ratio of 0.6, including an attic allowance.
The Van-Court section in Forest Hills is developed predominately with single-family, detached houses, but is zoned R3-2. The proposed R2 district, which permits only single-family, detached houses on lots with a minimum 40 foot width, will more closely reflect the area’s built character.
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