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The proposed zoning would:
- Reinforce established built contexts and prevent out-of-character development by rezoning to contextual districts that do not allow buildings with community facilities to be larger than others in the district;
- Limit the height of new developments in the predominantly low-rise blocks to 35 feet;
- Along Avenue K, Ocean Avenue, and Kings Highway, where multi-story apartment houses predominate, require new construction to maintain the existing street wall character; and
- Along Avenue J, Coney Island Avenue, and the Avenue M commercial corridor, allow construction of new apartment buildings, limited to a height of 80 feet.
The proposed zoning districts are:
An R2 district is proposed for approximately four lots on Avenue O now zoned R6. R2 – a low-density residential district -- allows only detached one-family houses with a maximum FAR of 0.5 and a minimum lot width of 40 feet. Two side yards are required. One off-street parking space is required for each unit. Community facilities in R2 districts have a maximum FAR of 0.5.
An R4-1 district is proposed for portions of 26 blocks (now zoned R6) where either semi-detached or detached housing is the predominant type (such as East 13th between Elm Avenue and Avenue O). R4-1 – a low-density residential district -- allows only detached and semi-detached one- and two-family houses with a maximum FAR of 0.9, a maximum perimeter wall height of 21 feet and a maximum building height of 35 feet. Two side yards are required if the houses are detached and one if the houses are semi-detached. One off-street parking space is required for each unit. Community facilities in R4-1 districts have a maximum FAR of 2.0.
Parts of 10 blocks in the existing C4-3 district would be rezoned to R5. R5 allows detached, semi-detached and attached houses with an FAR of 1.25 (2.0 for community facilities), a maximum street wall height of 30 feet and a maximum building height of 40 feet. One parking space is required for each unit or 85% of the units if grouped.
All or parts of 16 blocks in the existing R6 district would be rezoned to R5B. R5B allows detached, semi-detached and attached houses with an FAR of 1.35 (2.0 for community facilities), a maximum street wall height of 30 feet and a maximum building height of 33 feet. One parking space is required for each unit or 66% of the units if grouped. Parking in front of buildings is not permitted.
All or parts of 55 blocks are proposed to be rezoned from R6 to R7A, including the Avenue M commercial corridor, much of Ocean Avenue, as well as sections of Kings Highway, Coney Island Avenue, Avenue J and Avenue K. In addition, three areas on Coney Island Avenue would be rezoned from C8-2 to R7A. These are wide streets with a predominant character of multi-story apartment buildings built to the street line. R7A is a medium-density contextual residential district with a maximum FAR of 4.0 for all buildings, a maximum street wall height of 60 feet before setback and a maximum building height of 80 feet. Parking is required for half the units. The Quality Housing program is mandatory.
Proposed for Avenue J between Coney Island Avenue and East 16th Street on parts of 10 blocks, a C4-4A district would replace the C4-3 district, imposing an 80-foot height limit for all new construction. C4-4A is a medium-density contextual commercial district which allows residential, commercial and community facility buildings with a maximum FAR of 4.0, a maximum street wall height of 60 feet and a maximum building height of 80 feet.
Commercial Overlay Changes
The current C2-3 commercial overlay along the Avenue M commercial corridor would be reduced in depth from 150 feet to 100 feet. New C2-3 commercial overlays are proposed for portions of five blocks along Coney Island Avenue, between Avenue P and Locust Avenue, where the underlying zoning would be changed from C8-2 to R7-A and where there are existing commercial uses.
C2-3 is a commercial overlay district mapped within residential districts, which allows retail uses. In C2-3 overlays in lower density residential districts (R5 and below), the maximum commercial FAR is 1.0. In R6 and higher districts, the maximum commercial FAR is 2.0.
Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning
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