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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > Riverdale-on-Hudson Printer Friendly Version
Riverdale-on-Hudson Rezoning - Approved!
The Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing zoning map changes for all or portions of 23 blocks in the northwestern Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale-on-Hudson in Community District 8. The rezoning area is generally located west of Riverdale Avenue / Henry Hudson Parkway and east of the Hudson River between West 230th and West 261st streets. The predominant character of this area -- single family detached houses on large lots -- resembles a small Hudson River village within a larger urban context.


Example of large home on large lot
Example of large home on large lot.
Background
Recently, the community has been concerned that property owners in the area may begin to subdivide their lots for additional development, threatening the unique nature of the community. Recognizing this concern, Bronx Community Board 8 recommended that this and 12 other areas be studied for contextual and lower density rezonings in its 197-a Plan “CD 8 2000: A River to Reservoir Preservation Strategy,” which was approved by the City Council on November 20, 2003. Seven of those rezonings have already been adopted by the City Planning Commission and the City Council, in addition to major revision of the Special Natural Area District to strengthen its protection of natural features. The special district (NA-2) is mapped in Riverdale, including most of the Riverdale-on-Hudson study area.


Neighborhood Character and Existing Zoning
The Riverdale-on-Hudson rezoning area is primarily residential; 73 percent of the lots are residentially developed, and almost all (97%) of the residences are single-family detached homes. About 20% of the lots are vacant parcels which can be subdivided into new housing sites.

Currently, most of the rezoning area is zoned R1-2. The maximum permitted floor area ratio (FAR) is 0.5 for both residential and community facility uses. Although there is no fixed height limit in R1 districts, buildings in the rezoning area are typically between one and two-and-one-half stories and most are on lots of 10,000 square feet or more. The R1-2 zoning, however, allows for single-family detached dwellings on lots with a minimum of 5,700 square feet and a minimum lot width of 60 feet.


Proposed Zoning
All or portions of 23 blocks are proposed to be rezoned from R1-2 to R1-1 to better reflect the character of the neighborhood and ensure that future development will fit the prevailing neighborhood context. R1-1 districts permit only single-family detached residences with a minimum lot area of 9,500 square feet and a minimum lot width of 100 feet.

Examples of homes on large lots in Riverdale Historic district.

Examples of homes on large lots in Riverdale Historic district.
Examples of homes on large lots in Riverdale Historic district.

Existing Zoning Map
Existing Zoning Map
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Proposed Zoning Map
Proposed Zoning Map
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Zoning Comparison
  Existing R1-2 Existing R1-1
Housing Type Single-Family Single-Family
Configuration Detached Detached
Minimum Lot Area 5,700 SF 9,500 SF
Minimum Lot Width 60' 100'
Floor Area Ratio 0.5 0.5
Factor to determine Max No. DU's 2,850 4,750
Side yards 20' total; 2 required; 8 feet minimum 35' total; 2 required; 15' minimum
Maximum Height NA NA
Max. Street Wall Length 25' 25'
Parking One space per DU One space per DU



Public Review
On June 6, 2005, the Department of City Planning certified the ULURP application for the proposed zoning map amendment (C 050480 ZMX). On July 12, CB 8 voted in favor of the application by a vote of 24-0. The Bronx Borough President recommended approval of the application on August 12, 2005. The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the application on August 24, 2005, and approved the application on September 26, 2005. (PDF Document Read the CPC report). On October 11, 2005, the City Council adopted the zoning changes which are now in effect. 

For more information on this application, contact the Bronx Office of the Department of City Planning at (718) 220-8500.






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