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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Laurelton Printer Friendly Version
Laurelton Rezoning - Approved!
Existing Zoning and Context


Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning | Public Review


Existing Zoning

The Laurelton rezoning area has two residential districts – R2 north of Merrick Boulevard - which allows only single-family detached residences, and R3-2, a general residence district south of Merrick Boulevard that allows a range of housing types. C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlay districts and a C8-1 district are mapped along Merrick Boulevard and Springfield Boulevard which are the area’s commercial corridors. There are C2-2 overlay districts also mapped on the blocks surrounding the Laurelton LIRR station at 141st Avenue and 225th Street. A C8-1 district, which precludes residences, encompasses the block fronts on Merrick Boulevard between Springfield Boulevard and 225th Street. All of the existing zoning designations have been in place since the 1961 Zoning Resolution went into effect.

Laurelton Existing Zoning Map
Laurelton Existing Zoning Map
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R2

R2: Single-family homes

Single-family homes in the existing R2 district on 236th Street north of Merrick Boulevard
The R2 district permits only single-family, detached residences on lots that have a minimum area of 3,800 square feet and a minimum lot width of 40 feet. The maximum floor area ratio (FAR) is 0.5. Community facilities are permitted an FAR of 0.5. There is no established maximum building height; instead the building’s maximum height is determined by its Sky Exposure Plane, which has a varying height depending on where a building is located on its zoning lot. One parking space is required for each dwelling unit. R2 districts cover most of the rezoning area north of Merrick Boulevard and in the center of rezoning area south of Merrick Boulevard.
R3-2


Detached homes on 138th Avenue in the existing R3-2 district

The R3-2 district is the lowest-density general residence district in which multi-family structures are permitted. A variety of housing types are permitted including garden apartments, row houses, semi-detached and detached houses. The maximum FAR is 0.6 (includes a 20% attic allowance); community facilities are permitted an FAR of 1.0. The maximum building perimeter wall height is 21 feet, and the maximum building height to the top of the roofline is 35 feet. Minimum lot width and lot area depend upon the housing configuration: one- and two-family detached structures require a 40-foot lot frontage and 3,800 square feet of lot area; other housing types require a lot width of at least 18 feet and lot area of at least 1,700 square feet. One parking space is required for each dwelling unit.
C8-1

C8-1: Auto Repair uses in the C8-1 district

Auto Repair uses in the C8-1 district on Merrick Boulevard at 220th Street

The C8-1 district is a general service district that allows commercial and community facility uses in Use Groups 4 through 14 and 16. The most prevalent uses in C8 districts are automotive and heavy commercial uses such as auto repair and showrooms, warehouses, gas stations and car washes. Residential uses are not permitted. The maximum commercial FAR in C8-1 districts is 1.0. The maximum building height is determined by its sky exposure plane, which begins 30’ above the street line. Community facilities are permitted an FAR of 2.4. Off-street parking requirements vary with the use, but generally most uses require one accessory parking space per 300 square feet of commercial space.
C1-2 Commercial Overlay Districts

C1-2: Local shopping in the existing C1-2

Local shopping in the existing C1-2 overlay district on Merrick Boulevard at 231st Street

There are existing C1-2 commercial overlay districts along Merrick Boulevard between 225th Street and Laurelton Parkway. C1 districts are mapped within residential districts and permit Use Groups 1 through 6, which allow a broad range of retail and service establishments that serve residential neighborhoods. Maximum commercial floor area can reach 1.0 FAR with commercial uses limited to the first floor in mixed-use buildings. Most retail uses require one accessory parking space per 300 square feet of commercial floor space, though the requirements may range between one space per 200 square feet and one space per 800 square feet of commercial floor area.
C2-2 Commercial Overlay
There are C2-2 commercial overlay districts mapped along the east side of Spingfield Boulevard between 143rd Road and 144th Avenue and on four block fronts surrounding the Laurelton LIRR station at 224th Street between 141st Avenue and Prospect Court.

C2 districts are mapped within residential districts and permit the Use Groups 1 through 9 and 14, which include a wider range of commercial uses than allowed in C1. Maximum commercial floor area can reach 1.0 FAR with commercial uses limited to the first floor in mixed-use buildings. Most retail uses require one accessory parking space per 300 square feet of commercial floor space, though the requirements may range between one space per 200 square feet and one space per 800 square feet.


Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning | Public Review


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