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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Rosedale Printer Friendly Version
Rosedale Rezoning - Approved!
Proposed Zoning
Overview | Existing Zoning & Context | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

Proposed Zoning Map
Proposed Zoning Map
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The proposed Zoning Map amendments will replace all or portions of the existing R3-2 zoning district with R2, R3A, R3X or R3-1 districts.  In addition, most of the C1-2 and C2-1 overlay districts will be replaced with C1-3 or C2-3 districts.  Certain 2-1 and C1-1 overlay districts will be eliminated or reduced where residential or community facility uses exist and a new C1-2 overlay district is proposed to be mapped where commercial uses exist. PDF Document View the Zoning Comparison Chart.

Proposed R2 (from R3-2/C1-2)

R2 zoning is proposed to be extended over six lots currently occupied by detached residences:  four lots along 241st Street and two lots along 242nd Street between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 138th Avenue.  The existing C1-2 commercial overlay district is proposed to be removed from these lots as well.

The proposed R2 zoning allows only single-family, detached residences on lots that have a minimum area of 3,800 square-feet and a minimum width of 40 feet.  The maximum FAR is 0.5.  There is no maximum building height; instead, the building’s maximum height is determined by its sky exposure plane, which has a varying height depending on where the building is located on its zoning lot beyond the minimum required front yard. Community facilities are permitted at a maximum FAR of 0.5.  One parking space per dwelling unit is required. 

The proposed extension of an existing R2 district and elimination of the C1-2 overlay district on these lots would maintain the existing low-density character of detached homes.

Proposed R3A (from R3-2)
Detached houses on narrow lots on Huxley Street in a proposed R3A district
Detached houses on narrow lots on Huxley Street in a proposed R3A district
R3A zoning is proposed in three areas encompassing all or portions of 34 blocks located in western and northeast sections of the rezoning area.  The western R3A district extends from South Conduit to 147th avenues along Brookville Boulevard and the northeast R3A district is proposed for three blocks north of Caney Lane and east of Hook Creek Boulevard.

R3A zoning allows one- or two-family detached houses with a maximum FAR of 0.6, which includes a 0.1 attic allowance.  R3A districts require a minimum lot width of 25 feet and a minimum lot area of 2,375 square feet.  In addition to the 10-foot minimum front yard requirement, a deeper front yard would be required to match the yard depth of an adjacent building up to 20 feet. The maximum building height is 35 feet, with a maximum perimeter wall height of 21 feet.  One parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

The proposed R3A district better reflects the predominant character in these areas of one- and two-family detached buildings on narrow lots.

Proposed R3X (from R3-2, R3-2/C1-2)

Two-family detached houses on 255 Street in the proposed R3X district
Two-family detached houses on 255 Street in the proposed R3X district
R3X zoning is proposed for all or portions of 146 blocks making it the most extensive new zone in the rezoning area.

The R3X district allows one- or two-family detached houses with a maximum FAR of 0.6, which includes a 0.1 attic allowance.  R3X districts require a minimum lot width of 35 feet and a minimum lot area of 3,325 square feet.  In addition to the 10-foot minimum front yard requirement, a deeper front yard would be required to match the yard depth of an adjacent building up to 20 feet. The maximum building height is 35 feet, with a maximum perimeter wall height of 21 feet.  One parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

The proposed R3X district better reflects the existing one- and two-family detached buildings on typical lots found in this area. 

Proposed R3-1 (from R3-2)

Semi-detached, two-family houses on Craft Avenue in a proposed R3-1 district
Semi-detached, two-family houses on Craft Avenue in a proposed R3-1 district
R3-1 zoning is proposed for six distinct areas that encompass all or portions of 39 blocks located in the central or southern portions of the rezoning area, between Brookville Park to the west and the City line to the east.

The R3-1 district allows one- or two-family detached or semi-detached houses with an FAR of 0.6, which includes a 0.1 attic allowance. The minimum lot width for detached structures is 40 feet and the minimum lot area is 3,800 square feet.  Semi-detached homes require lots that are at least 18 feet wide with a minimum 1,700 square feet.  The maximum building height is 35 feet, with a maximum perimeter wall height of 21 feet.  One parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

The R3-1 zoning would more closely reflect the predominant building pattern in the area where the lots are occupied by one- or two family detached or semi-detached buildings.

Commercial Overlay District Modifications

Changes are proposed for most existing commercial overlays in the rezoning area in order to more closely match existing land use patterns. C1-2 and C2-3 commercial overlay districts are proposed to be mapped to a depth of 100 feet on approximately 20 block fronts along Merrick Boulevard, Francis Lewis Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue to replace C1-2 and C2-1 overlays.  An existing C1-1 overlay on the east side of Hook Creek Boulevard between 147 Drive and 148 Avenue and  a C2-1 overlay on the south side of North Conduit Avenue between 243rd Street and Hook Creek Boulevard are proposed to be eliminated where there are no commercial uses on those fully developed blocks.  A new C1-2 overlay is proposed to be mapped along 147th Avenue between 235th Street and Brookville Boulevard to reflect existing medical office and retail uses.

Maximum commercial floor area in C1-2, C1-3 and C2-3 districts can reach 1.0 FAR with commercial uses limited to the first floor in mixed-use buildings. Changing the commercial overlay designations from C1-2 and C2-1 to C1-3 and C2-3 would reduce required off-street parking for most retail uses from one accessory parking space per 300 square feet of commercial floor area to one space per 400 square feet of commercial floor area.  The proposed C1-2 overlay would allow only local retail and service uses in Use Group 6 (e.g. grocery stores, restaurants).  In a C1-2 overlay district most retail uses require one accessory off-street parking space per 300 square feet of commercial floor space, though the requirements may range between one space per 200 square feet and one space per 800 square feet of commercial floor area.









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