The lower-density contextual zoning districts proposed, R3A and R4A, are appropriate for this area, where there is limited capacity to support a significant increase in new housing. The streets are mostly cul-de-sacs and tend to be much narrower than comparable low-density areas in the rest of the Bronx. Harding Park, a campground-turned-cooperative residential community, is a maze of narrow alley-like unmapped streets ranging from 5 to 15 feet wide. The area has high car ownership, limited parking, and limited access to mass transit (#6 train is located over a mile away from the northern boundary of the study area; two bus lines, BX39 and BX27, run along Soundview Avenue and White Plains Road). The area is also affected by flood plain and drainage issues.
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An area of approximately six blocks would be rezoned from R5 to R4A. This area is developed predominately with one- and two-family detached homes on large lots. Under the proposed R4A zoning district, one- and two-family detached homes would continue to be allowed, but the semi-detached, attached and multifamily houses allowed under existing R5 zoning would no longer be permitted. The minimum lot size would be 2,850 square feet and the maximum FAR would be 0.75 (0.9 with an attic allowance). The maximum building height is 35 feet (with a 21-foot perimeter wall) in the proposed R4A district. Infill zoning regulations are not applicable in R4A districts.
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Three subareas consisting of 19 full blocks and six partial blocks are proposed to be rezoned from R3-2 to R3A. Rezoning from the existing R3-2 zoning to a proposed R3A zoning district would continue to allow one- and two-family detached homes; however, semi-detached, attached and multi-family houses allowed in the existing R3-2 zoning would not be permitted. The minimum lot size in an R3A district is 2,375 square feet. The maximum FAR would remain 0.5 (0.6 with an attic allowance) and the maximum height would remain 35 feet.
An area of approximately three blocks along the waterfront is proposed to be rezoned from C3 to R3A. The Department of Parks & Recreation owns almost all the land along the waterfront in the existing C3 districts, and currently there are no commercial uses located in these areas. Rezoning from C3 to the proposed R3A zoning district would limit residential uses to one- and two-family detached homes and no commercial uses would be permitted. Semi-detached, attached and multi-family houses allowed in the existing C3 zoning would not be permitted in the proposed R3A district.
Sub Area 1
An area of approximately nine blocks comprising Harding Park is proposed to be rezoned from R3-2 to R3A, consistent with the Harding Park Home Owners Association bylaws which permit only one-family homes.
View photos and a map of the proposed R3A (Sub Area 1).
Sub Area: 2 and 3
An area of approximately 16 blocks in the Clason Point neighborhood would be rezoned from R3-2 to R3A. The predominant character of this neighborhood is one- and two-family detached homes on smaller lots.
View photos and a map of the proposed R3A (Sub Area 2 & 3).
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