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.
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
- • Reinforce established built contexts and prevent out of character
• 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.
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. ( 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.
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