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Midwood Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning

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The Department of City Planning proposes zoning map changes for approximately 80 blocks within the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn’s Community District 14.  The area proposed for rezoning is predominantly residential and is generally bounded by Avenue H on the north, Ocean Avenue on the east, Avenue P and Kings Highway on the south and Coney Island Avenue on the west.

The area is characterized by two- and three-story residences, with corridors of apartment houses on Ocean Avenue, parts of Kings Highway, and both sides of Avenue K between Coney Island Avenue and East 16th Street.  An express stop on the B and Q lines is located on Kings Highway at East 16th Street, and local stops on the Q are at avenues H, K, and M.  Commercial activity is concentrated on Coney Island Avenue, Avenue M between Coney Island and Ocean avenues, and Avenue J between Coney Island Avenue and East 16th Street.

Although the area was mainly built up by WWII, small-scale construction continued into the 1980s -- mostly groups of three- or four-family semi-detached houses with ground floor garages. More recent new construction has included out-of-scale apartment buildings up to seven stories on predominantly low-rise blocks, made possible by the existing R6 zoning which permits increased floor area when community facility uses, such as medical offices, are part of the development.

The proposed rezoning would preserve the existing neighborhood scale and character with lower density and contextual zoning districts while permitting new, higher density residential development on selected wide streets–Avenue J, Coney Island Avenue, Ocean Avenue, and Kings Highway.

Public Review
On October 17, 2005, the Department of City Planning certified the application for the proposed Midwood rezoning as complete, commencing the public Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Community Board 14 approved the application with modifications on December 12, 2005, and the Brooklyn Borough President recommended approval of the application on January 5, 2006, with conditions.

The Department of City Planning held a public hearing on the proposed Midwood rezoning application on January 11, 2006, and on February 22, 2006 approved the application, with modifications. (PDF Document Read the CPC report.) Modifications included establishing R6A zoning along the westerly side of Ocean Avenue between avenues O and P, retaining the existing R6 district along the southerly side of Elm Avenue, between East 13th Street and the mid-block of 12th Street and Coney Island Avenue, and retaining the existing C2-3 overlay along the westerly side of Ocean Avenue, 150 feet north of Avenue M. These modifications respond to comments made during the public review process

On April 5, 2006, the City Council voted to adopt the application with one modification. The City Council's modification changed the zoning on the west side of Ocean Avenue, between Avenue L and Avenue M, from the proposed R5B district to an R6A district. PDF Document View a map depicting the zoning changes adopted by the City Council. The zoning map changes are now in effect.

For more information, contact the Brooklyn Office of the Department of City Planning, (718) 780-8280.

Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning

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