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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > Morrisania Rezoning Printer Friendly Version
Morrisania Rezoning Proposal - Approved!
Introduction | Background and Context | Existing and Proposed Zoning
In Brief
The Department of City Planning proposes to rezone all or portions of 13 blocks in the Morrisania section of Community District 3 in The Bronx. The rezoning would encourage new residential and economic development; bring existing residential uses into conformance with zoning; and stabilize the mixed-use character of an area that has experienced disinvestment in past decades. In the Mayor’s Plan for New York City’s 21st Century Neighborhoods, Morrisania was highlighted as one of the neighborhoods where rezoning would be a catalyst for increased housing development and economic vitality.

The area to be rezoned is generally bounded by East 168th Street to the north, East 163rd Street to the south, Washington Avenue to the west and Third Avenue to the east. This area is currently zoned for light manufacturing uses (M1-1), except for one blockfront on Third Avenue now zoned for residential and local commercial uses (R6/C2-4). The zoning in the entire area would be changed to MX (M1-1/R7-2), a special mixed use zoning district permitting both light industry and moderate-density housing as well as neighborhood retail and community facility uses. A text amendment to the Zoning Resolution (section 123-90) is also proposed to establish a Special Mixed Use District in Morrisania.

Over the past year, the Department has worked with Community Board 3, local development groups, and the Bronx Borough President’s office on this proposal which may fulfill a major goal – increased housing production – of Community Board 3's adopted 197-a plan.

Public Review Process
The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application for the proposed zoning map amendments (C 030333 ZMX) was certified as complete by the Department of City Planning on March 3, 2003. The non-ULURP text amendment (N 030334 ZRX) were concurrently referred to Community Board 3. Community Board 3 held a public hearing and voted to approve the rezoning proposal without conditions on April 29, 2003 by a vote of 21 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 abstaining. The Borough President of The Bronx held a public hearing on May 29, 2003, and subsequently submitted his recommendation to the City Planning Commission approving the proposal. The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the applications on June 18, 2003 and unanimously approved both applications on July 23, 2003 (read the CPC Reports: PDF Document zoning map change, PDF Document zoning text change). City Council adopted the proposal on August 19, 2003. See the full explanation of the ULURP review process.

For more information on the Morrisania Area Rezoning proposal, contact the Department of City Planning, Bronx Office at (718) 220-8500.

Existing Zoning
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Proposed Zoning
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Introduction | Background and Context | Existing and Proposed Zoning


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