The rezoning area is predominantly developed with detached and semi-detached homes (86.8% of residential lots), although a number of attached homes and small apartment buildings have been built in recent years. The current R6, R5, and R4 zoning districts allow a variety of housing types including row houses and multiple-unit buildings. The current M1-1 district allows light manufacturing and commercial uses but does not permit residential use. The community is concerned that older detached one- and two-family frame houses have been replaced with and attached homes and multiple dwellings.
In the R4 district, the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) is 0.75 and the maximum building height is 35 feet. The infill zoning regulations for predominately built-up areasare applicable and allow a maximum FAR of 1.35. In the R5 district, the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) is 1.25 and the maximum building height is 40 feet. The infill zoning regulations for predominately built-up areas are applicable and allow a maximum FAR of 1.65. The R6 zone is a height factor zoning district that has a maximum residential FAR of 2.43 and a community facility FAR of 4.8. There are no height limits in this district, and typical residential buildings are usually between three and twelve stories. Parking is required for 70% of dwelling units.
Typical detached homes on East 235th Street in the R5 zoning district in Wakefield.
Typical semi-detached homes on Ely Avenue in the R4 zoning district in Wakefield.
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