The Department of City Planning is proposing to change the Zoning Map for all or portions of approximately 530 blocks in the Ozone Park neighborhood that encompasses portions of Queens Community District 9 and 10.
The Ozone Park rezoning area is generally bounded by Rockaway Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue, and 101st Avenue to the north; the Van Wyck Expressway and Lefferts Boulevard to the east; the Belt Parkway to the south; and the Brooklyn borough line to the west.
The Ozone Park rezoning was undertaken in response to concerns raised by Community Boards 9 and 10, local civic organizations, and local elected officials that existing zoning does not closely reflect established building patterns or guide new development to appropriate locations. The proposed actions seek to reinforce the area’s predominant one- and two-family residential character, while directing moderately-scaled new residential and mixed-use development to locations along the area’s main commercial corridors and near mass transit resources.
The Ozone Park rezoning area primarily consists of three existing residential zones: R3-2, R4, and R5. R3-2 districts are found in two eastern sections of the rezoning area – one is generally located east of 123rd Street near Liberty Avenue, and the other one is generally located south of Linden Boulevard and east of 114th Street. An expansive R4 district extends eastward from the Brooklyn borough line to123rd Street and southward Liberty Avenue to the Belt Parkway. An R5 district is generally located north of Liberty Avenue to Atlantic Avenue and along the 101st Avenue corridor. These zoning districts have remained unchanged since 1961 when the current Zoning Resolution was adopted, and they do not closely reflect the prevailing contexts of built scale, density and housing types found within Ozone Park.
The rezoning area includes lengthy portions of three commercial corridors – Rockaway Boulevard, 101st Avenue, and Liberty Avenue – most of which are well-served by transit, including numerous bus lines and the elevated “A” train that runs along Liberty Avenue. Current zoning along these thoroughfares primarily consists of residential districts similar to adjacent side streets along with C1 or C2 commercial zoning overlay districts whose mapped depths can extend onto adjacent residential properties facing the side streets.
The Department of City Planning prepared this proposed rezoning through close consultation with Community Boards 9 and 10, local civic organizations, and local elected officials. The proposed rezoning seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Reinforce neighborhood character and established building patterns by replacing existing zoning with new lower density and contextual zones
- Direct a modest amount of new residential and mixed-use development opportunities to major corridors and locations near mass transit resources
- Prevent commercial encroachment into residential areas by reducing the depth of commercial overlays and match land use patterns with commercial overlays.