are thrilled to fulfill the mayor's commitment
to provide the multiple communities of Throgs
Neck an amazingly fine-grained zoning plan to
address the problems of overdevelopment that
are destroying the quality of life in these neighborhoods.
This plan will preserve the character of these
low density areas that are not close to public
transportation and that are being assaulted by
out-of-character development. It will serve as
a model for rezonings to come.
-- Chair of the New York City Planning Commission,
Amanda M. Burden AICP
Last summer, at a town hall meeting attended by
Mayor Bloomberg, along with Department of City
Planning (DCP) Director Amanda Burden and Department
of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, residents
of the Throgs Neck neighborhood in the Bronx raised
concerns about over-development in their low-density
community. Their concerns included the recent surge
in new multifamily townhouses that are bulkier
and taller than existing homes, lack of parking,
inappropriate waterfront developments that block
views of the water, and insufficient infrastructure
to accommodate new residents.
Smaller detached homes, typical of Throgs
In response, DCP conducted an intensive lot-by-lot
survey of 242 blocks in all lower-density zoning
districts (R4, R3-2 and C3) in Community District
10 where townhouses are currently permitted.
These areas include Throgs Neck, Silver Beach,
Edgewater Park, Schuylerville, Eastchester Bay,
and parts of Country Club, Spencer Estates, Pelham
Bay and a five block area near Coop City known
as the Village of Baychester.
Mayor Bloomberg returned to the community on
November 25, 2003 with the city’s proposal
to better regulate development and to preserve
the existing character and quality of life in
this part of the
eastern Bronx. The comprehensive zoning
plan presented calls for rezoning most
of the study area to more appropriate zoning
districts that would not permit attached townhouses,
creating a new waterfront zoning district and
reducing the amount of bulk generated from land
underwater for waterfront developments. By adding
Bronx Community District 10 to the city’s
Lower Density Growth Management (LDGM) Areas,
the proposal would also increase off-street parking
requirements for new development and reduce the
height of new buildings in floodplain areas.
Community Board 10 as well as local elected officials
and civic groups have endorsed the proposal.
See the Zoning
Study Proposal (2.2 mb) for a summary
of the proposed changes. For more information
about the Throgs Neck Area zoning proposal,
contact Ryan Singer at the Bronx Office of
City Planning (718-220-8500). For more information
about zoning enforcement issues, visit the Department
of Building’s website.
On September 28, 2004 the New York City Council
approved the Throgs Neck Area Rezoning and
Related Text Amendments. ( Read
the CPC Reports:
040479 ZMX, N
040480 ZRX, N
040481 ZRY and, N
the approved zoning.