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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Jamaica Hill / Hillcrest Rezoning Printer Friendly Version
Jamaica Hill / Hillcrest Rezoning - Approved!
Proposed R5D District
Overview | Existing Zoning | Proposed R5D District | Proposed Zoning Map Changes
Proposed R5D District
In a related zoning text amendment, the Department of City Planning proposes to create a new R5D district to fill the need for a district that allows for moderate-density multifamily housing in appropriate locations. As part of the Jamaica Hill / Hillcrest rezoning, the new district would replace portions of existing R3-2, R4 and R2 districts.  The key aspects of the proposed R5D district include a maximum FAR of 2.0, a maximum building height of 40 feet and a parking requirement of 66% with a very limited parking waiver provision.  Other provisions include:

Required Yards:
  • Minimum five-foot front yards.
    • If an adjacent yard is deeper than 5 feet, front yard must be at least as deep as one adjacent yard but no deeper than the other, up to a depth of 20 feet.
  • Side yards not required on lots less than 30 feet wide; on lots wider than 30 feet , eight feet required between buildings where the adjacent lot has a side yard
  • Minimum 30-foot rear yards on all interior lots occupied by residences and residential portions of mixed buildings also occupied by community facility or commercial uses. 

  • Residential parking is not allowed between the building’s front wall and the street.
  • Accessory residential parking may only be waived if no more than one space is required.
  • Commercial curb cuts are not permitted on wide streets on any lot with access to a narrow street.

  • One street tree is required for every 25 feet of street frontage.
  • If a building is setback, the area between the building and the street line, except in front of entrances and exits, must be planted.

The original proposal to establish an R5D zoning designation has been modified in a subsequent application to include minimum lot width and lot area requirements. In response to concerns raised by community members and local elected officials, the refuse storage requirements of the Quality Housing Program have been made applicable to the R5D Zoning District. In addition, in order to better organize the Zoning Resolution, the street tree and front yard planting requirements and parking restrictions of the proposed R5D designation have been reorganized and those components of the Quality Housing Program have been made applicable to the R5D designation.

PDF Document View adopted Text Amendment.
PDF Document View proposed Typical R5D Development.

Overview | Existing Zoning | Proposed R5D District | Proposed Zoning Map Changes

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