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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Sunnyside Gardens Printer Friendly Version
Sunnyside Gardens Rezoning - Approved!
Introduction and Public Review
Introduction and Public Review | Existing Context | Proposed Zoning

  Update June 10, 2009:
On June 10, 2009, the City Council adopted the Sunnyside Gardens Text Amendment. The text changes are now in effect.



Introduction

Location of Project Site
The Department of City Planning proposes a zoning text amendment to modify the provisions of the Special Planned Community Preservation (PC) District as they relate to Sunnyside Gardens, located in Community District 2 in western Queens. The proposed regulations would apply to all or portions of the 16 blocks generally located between 43rd and 52nd streets, Queens Boulevard and Barnett Avenue that were designated a Special Planned Community Preservation District in 1974.

The amendment is proposed to complement the June 26, 2007 designation of Sunnyside Gardens by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) as a New York City Historic District. As the LPC now regulates all changes to the unique site plan and structures of Sunnyside Gardens, the proposed text amendment seeks to eliminate duplicative reviews and ensure a complementary relationship between zoning provisions and landmark regulations.


Semi-detached homes at Hamilton Court
Semi-detached homes at Hamilton Court
Attached row-houses at Washington Court along 43rd Avenue
Attached row-houses at Washington Court along 43rd Avenue

Communal garden at Madison Court
Communal garden at Madison Court

46th Street between Skillman and 39th Avenue
46th Street between Skillman and 39th Avenue



Public Review
On August 20, 2007, the Sunnyside Gardens Special Planned Community Preservation District text amendment proposal was referred to Community Board 2 and the Queens Borough President for comment under a concurrent 60-day review period.  On December 12, 2007, Community Board 2 submitted their recommendation for approval with conditions that requested additional restrictions be included in the text change.

On January 9, 2008, the Department withdrew its original application and filed a new text amendment that was similar to the original proposal except it included tighter floor area provisions based upon standard R4 regulations.  This application was referred out for a 30-day period and the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the matter on February 13, 2008.

At the public hearing and during the public review for the text amendment, members of the community expressed concerns regarding the proposed process of enforcement for certain distinctive features of Sunnyside Gardens, particularly the open quality of the original central courts. In response to these concerns,  the City Planning Commission and the Landmarks Preservation Commission have undertaken an extensive review of how the new zoning regulations, combined with historic district regulation, will protect the significant planning and preservation features of Sunnyside Gardens. With resolution as to how the Landmarks Preservation Commission will regulate changes to the rear yard portions of the Gardens, the City Planning Commission voted to approve the Sunnyside Gardens text amendment on April 22nd, 2009. On June 10, 2009, the City Council adopted the Sunnyside Gardens Text Amendment. The text changes are now in effect.

For more information, contact the Queens Office of the Department of City Planning at (718) 286-3170.
Introduction and Public Review | Existing Context | Proposed Zoning

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