The Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing zoning
map amendments for a 45-block area in the North Riverdale
neighborhood, located in the northwest Bronx, Community
Board 8. North Riverdale is a residential area characterized
by early-twentieth century detached homes built on relatively
small lots, though existing zoning allows a range of housing
types, including semi-detached, attached, and multifamily
homes. The zoning districts proposed would better reflect
the scale and character of the neighborhood and ensure
that future development will fit the neighborhood’s
context of detached and semi-detached homes.
homes form the context in the proposed R3A
The proposal responds to community concerns that existing
zoning permits new development that is often out-of-scale
with surrounding homes. It is the third in a series
of DCP rezonings to implement the goals delineated
8 2000: A River to Reservoir Preservation Strategy,
a 197-a plan prepared by Bronx Community Board
8, and approved by the City Planning Commission
and by the City Council in late 2003.
The rezoning area is currently zoned R3-1 north of
259th Street and R3-2 south of 259th Street. Both
districts allow detached and semi-detached homes.
The R3-2 also allows rowhouses and apartment buildings.
Each of these districts has a maximum residential floor
area ratio (FAR) of 0.6 and a maximum building
height limit of 35 feet.
Proposed Zoning Changes
An area generally bounded by the Yonkers City Line
to the north, Broadway to the east, Mosholu Avenue
to the south, and Riverdale Avenue to the west is proposed
to be rezoned from R3-1 and R3-2 to an R3A contextual
zoning district. An area bounded by Mosholu Avenue
to the north, Broadway to the east, West 254th Street
to the south, and Valles and Fieldston Avenues to the
west is proposed to be rezoned from R3-2 to an R3-1
contextual zoning district.
The proposed R3A district in North Riverdale would
permit only detached homes with a maximum FAR of 0.6.
The proposed R3-1 district would allow only detached
and semi-detached homes with a maximum FAR of 0.6.
The proposed zoning changes would limit new housing
types to those that correspond to the neighborhood’s
residential context and built form.
9, 2004, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform
Review Procedure (ULURP) application for the North Riverdale rezoning to
begin the formal public review process. On September 13, 2004 Community Board
8 unanimously approved
the application. On September 28, 2004, the Bronx Borough President issued a
recommendation in favor of the rezoning.
The Commission held its public hearing on October 20, 2004 and on Novermber
3, 2004 unanimously approved the rezoning ( Read
the CPC Report). On December 7, 2004 the City Council approved the proposal.
For more information on the North Riverdale Rezoning, please contact Matt Mason
at the Bronx Office of the Department of City Planning at (718) 220-8500.
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