NYC Resources 311 Office of the Mayor
 
RSS RSS
Flickr Flickr
Follow @NYCPlanning on Twitter Twitter
  SEARCH  
City Planning:

 

Take me to...
Commission Meetings
Commission Reports
Census FactFinder
LUCATS - Land Use
Application Tracking
ZoLa - Zoning and Land Use Application
Community Portal
Waterfront Access Map
Zoning Map Finder
Map & Bookstore
Job Opportunities
Press Releases
DCP Site Map
Contact DCP

 

Click Once to Submit Query

 

Translate this page
 
Projects & Proposals > Queens > Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill Printer Friendly Version
Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill - Approved!
Overview
Overview | Neighborhood Character and Land Use | Existing and Proposed Zoning | Photos

Background
Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens are two of the older communities in the Borough of Queens. The area is known for its quiet tree-lined streets, its mix of large homes and 1930s apartment buildings, its proximity to Forest Park and Maple Grove Cemetery, and its excellent transit connections to Manhattan .

The Department of City Planning proposes to rezone all or portions of 140 blocks in the neighborhoods of Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill, Community District 9, Queens, in an effort to address the communities’ concerns that recent development trends are out of context with the existing character, while also providing for much needed housing opportunities along appropriate growth corridors. The proposal encourages new mixed-use development along Jamaica Avenue, promotes housing production on wide streets near the express subway station, and protects interior residential blocks by adjusting zoning district boundaries and designating new zoning districts that match the existing character.


Low-density development on 82nd Road in Kew Gardens Lefferts Boulevard near the Kew Gardens LIRR stop Mixed-use building on Jamaica Avenue
Low-density development on 82nd Road in Kew Gardens Lefferts Boulevard near the Kew Gardens LIRR stop Mixed-use building on
Jamaica Avenue
   



Study Area
The study area is bounded by the Union Turnpike, Queens Boulevard, the Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica Avenue, 100th Street, and Park Lane South.


Project Goals and Objectives
The Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill communities are concerned that the current zoning of the study area encourages development that is not in character with the existing neighborhoods. The Department of City Planning has studied the Kew Gardens - Richmond Hill area in order to develop a comprehensive and fine-grained rezoning plan that addresses this concern and to identify opportunities to revise zoning designations to reflect the current built environment of the area.

The study has concluded with zoning recommendations that address the following objectives:
• Reinforce established built contexts and prevent out of character development.

• Recognize existing residential development in locations where such development is currently prohibited.

• Foster higher density residential and mixed-use development in appropriate locations near transit.

Public Review
On November 1, 2004, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure application for the Kew Gardens - Richmond Hill rezoning to begin the formal public review process. Both Community Board 9 and the Queens Borough President issued recommendations in favor of the application. The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on January 5, 2005 and approved the rezoning on February 2, 2005. (PDF Document Read the CPC Report). On March 9, 2005, the City Council adopted the zoning changes which are now in effect.

For more information on the Kew Gardens – Richmond Hill Rezoning, please contact the Queens Office of the Department of City Planning at (718) 286-3170.




Overview | Neighborhood Character and Land Use | Existing and Proposed Zoning | Photos


PDF Document Items accompanied by this symbol require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Copyright 2014 The City of New York Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms of Use