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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > Webster Avenue/Bedford Park/Norwood Printer Friendly Version
Webster Avenue/Bedford Park/Norwood Rezoning - Approved!
Proposed Zoning
Overview | Context & Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

Proposed Zoning Map
Proposed Zoning Map
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The rezoning proposal has two sections: Webster Avenue and the surrounding residential streets of Norwood and Bedford Park. The proposed zoning map changes are tailored to address the goals of each section. The first section is the Webster Avenue Corridor from the East 193rd Street intersection to an area just north of the East 211th Street mapped centerline, located approximately 650 ft north of the East Gun Hill Road intersection. The proposed zoning map and text changes would help transform the wide corridor from a low-scale commercial district to a mid-density mixed residential/commercial district, featuring housing that serves a mix of household incomes.

The second section includes those areas of Bedford Park and Norwood within approximately ¼ mile of Webster Avenue, and currently zoned R7-1 and R8. The proposed zoning map changes would better match the existing built character of pockets of lower density residential development within these neighborhoods, thereby reducing the incentive to replace such housing with larger-scale, higher-density development. Height limits would be established throughout Bedford Park and Norwood.


Webster Avenue Corridor

R7D/C2-4 (from C8-2, R7-1, R7-1/C1-3 and R7-1/C2-3)

The proposed R7D/C2-4 includes all or portions of 13 blocks generally located along the west side of Webster Avenue, north of East 193rd Street and south of East 205th St, and portions of 5 blocks generally located along the east side of Webster Avenue, north of Bedford Park Boulevard and south of East 205th Street. The Inclusionary Housing Program would be applied to incentivize affordable housing.

Under the Inclusionary Housing Program, the maximum base residential Floor Area Ratios (FAR) in the R7D would be 4.2; however, developments utilizing the Inclusionary Housing Program bonus could achieve a maximum FAR of 5.6. The R7D/C2-4 district permits commercial and community facility development with a maximum FAR of 2.00 and 4.20 respectively. New development must be built within a contextual envelope, requiring a 60 to 85 ft street wall before a required setback and having a maximum building height of 100 ft. Active ground floor uses must be developed in the R7D where a commercial overlay district is mapped.

C4-5D (from C8-2)
The proposed C4-5D includes a portion of one block located along the west side of Webster Avenue, north of the East 195th Street intersection and south of Bedford Park Boulevard. The area is within easy walking distance of the Fordham Road commercial corridor and two Metro North stations. Deeper lots in the area would facilitate commercial uses that would require a larger floor plate. The Inclusionary Housing Program would be applied to incentivize affordable housing.

Under the Inclusionary Housing Program, the maximum base residential FAR in the C4-5D would be 4.2; however, developments utilizing the Inclusionary Housing Program bonus could achieve a maximum FAR of 5.6. The C4-5D district permits commercial and community facility development at a maximum FAR of 4.20 for each. New development must be built within a contextual envelope, requiring a 60 to 85 ft street wall before an allowable setback and having a maximum building height of 100 ft. Active ground floor uses and street trees are required.

C4-4 (from C8-2)
The proposed C4-4 includes portions of four blocks generally located along Webster Avenue, north of East 210th Street and south of East 211th Street including the intersection at East Gun Hill Road.

The C4-4 district permits commercial development at a maximum FAR of 4.00. Residential and community facility development is also permitted at a maximum FAR of 4.00 (under Quality Housing rules) and 6.50, respectively. Building heights are determined by the Sky Exposure Plane.

R7B (from C8-2)

R7B would be mapped on a portion of one block generally located along the west side of Webster Avenue, south of East Gun Hill Road. The existing zoning within this area is C8-2. The proposed R7B district would allow new residential development along the corridor. The R7B district would allow new residential development with a maximum FAR of 3.0 and community facility development with a maximum FAR of 3.0. New development must be built within a contextual envelope, requiring a 40 to 60 foot street wall before an allowable setback and having a maximum building height of 75 feet.


Bedford Park and Norwood

R4A, R5A, R5B, R5D/C1-4, R6B, R7A, R7A/C1-4, R7A/C2-4, R7B, R7B/C1-3, R7B/C1-4, R7B/C2-4 (from R7-1, R7-1/C1-3, R8 and C4-4)
The proposed contextual zoning changes in the Bedford Park neighborhood cover portions of 41 blocks generally located northwest of Webster Avenue, northeast of Fordham Road, southeast of Valentine Avenue, and southwest of East 202nd Street. The proposed contextual zoning changes in the Norwood neighborhood cover portions of 28 blocks generally located northwest of Webster Avenue, east of Mosholu Parkway North and Rochambeau Avenue, and south of East Gun Hill Road. The proposed changes would better match the zoning to the existing built character of the area.

Low-density detached residential development on Marion Avenue in Bedford Park in the proposed R4A area
Low-density detached residential development on Marion Avenue in Bedford Park in the proposed R4A area
R4A is proposed for parts of two blocks. The proposed R4A district only permits detached single- and two-family residences. The maximum permitted residential FAR is 0.75 (0.9 with the attic allowance). The maximum community facility FAR is 2.0. The minimum lot size would be 2,850 square feet, minimum lot width would be 30 feet and the front yard requirement would be 10 feet, but must be as deep as an adjacent yard. Two side yards totaling 10 feet would be required. The maximum building height would be 35 feet with a maximum 21 foot perimeter wall. One off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

Detached homes on Bainbridge Avenue in a proposed R5A area
Detached homes on Bainbridge Avenue in a proposed R5A area
R5A is proposed for parts of 15 blocks. The proposed R5A district permits detached single- and two-family residences only. The maximum residential FAR would be 1.10 with a 300 square-foot floor area bonus for a detached garage. The maximum community facility FAR is 2.0. The minimum lot size would be 2,850 square feet. The minimum lot width would be 25 feet for a one-family and 30 feet for a two-family home. Front yards must be at least 10 feet deep and be as deep as an adjacent front yard. Two side yards with a total of 10 feet would be required. Maximum building height would be 35 feet with a 25 foot maximum perimeter wall. One off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

Attached homes on Perry Avenue in a proposed R5B area
Attached homes on Perry Avenue in a proposed R5B area
R5B is proposed for parts of 24 blocks. R5B allows all housing types. The maximum residential FAR is 1.35, and buildings are limited to 33 feet in height, with a 30 foot maximum perimeter wall. Front wall lineup is required. Parking must be provided for 66% of dwelling units. Front yard parking is prohibited, thereby protecting the planted front yards that are typical in the proposed R5B districts.

E 204th Street is a local commercial shopping street; proposed R5D/C1-4
E 204th Street is a local commercial shopping street; proposed R5D/C1-4
R5D/C1-4 is proposed for parts of eight blocks generally located along East 204th Street, west of Webster Avenue and east of Bainbridge Avenue, and parts of two blocks generally located along the west side of Bainbridge Avenue, north of East 204th Street and south of East 207th Street. The proposed district would preserve the unique lower-scale character of the 204th Street/Bainbridge Avenue commercial corridor.

The R5D/C1-4 district requires that development adhere to contextual regulations. The R5D/C1-4 district permits development with a maximum residential FAR of 2.0, commercial FAR of 1.0, and community facility FAR of 2.0. The maximum allowable building height is 40 feet. The C1-4 overlay district requires the provision of one parking space per 1,000 square feet of general retail and service uses.

Attached homes on Briggs Avenue in a proposed R6B
Attached homes on Briggs Avenue in a proposed R6B
R6B is proposed for parts of 11 blocks. R6B is a typical row house district that includes height limits and street wall lineup provisions to ensure that new buildings are consistent with the scale of the existing built context. R6B permits residential and community facility uses to a maximum FAR of 2.0. Building base heights must be between 30 and 40 feet, with a 50 foot maximum building height after a setback (10 feet on a wide street, 15 feet on a narrow street). New development in the proposed R6B district would be required to line up with adjacent structures to maintain the continuous street wall character. New multifamily residences must provide one off-street parking space for 50% of dwelling units, which may be waived if 5 or fewer spaces would be required.

Four and Five story apartment buildings on 194th street in the proposed R7B district
Four and Five story apartment buildings on 194th street in the proposed R7B district
R7B is proposed for parts of 41 blocks throughout Norwood and Bedford Park.  R7B permits residential and community facility uses with a maximum FAR of 3.0.  Base heights are required to be between 40 and 60 feet, and the maximum building height is 75 feet after a setback from the street.  This typically produces six- to seven-story buildings. One parking space is required for 50% of residential units.
Six-story apartment building on East Mosholu Parkway in the proposed R7A.
Six-story apartment building on East Mosholu Parkway in the proposed R7A
R7A is proposed for parts of 26 blocks throughout Norwood and Bedford Park. R7A permits residential and community facility uses with a maximum FAR of 4.0. Base heights are required to be between 40 and 65 feet, and the maximum building height is 80 feet after a setback from the street. This typically produces six- to eight-story buildings. New buildings in R7Adistricts must be located no closer to the street than a neighboring building. One parking space is required for 50% of new residential units.

Commercial Overlays - C1-4 and C2-4 (from R7-1/C1-3, R7-1/C1-4 and R8/C2-3)

The existing commercial overlay would be changed from C1-3 to C1-4 for portions of three blocks, generally located at the intersection of Bedford Park Boulevard and Decatur Avenue, and portions of two blocks generally located on the east side of Bainbridge Avenue, north of East 204th Street and south of East 207th Street. These zoning changes would not result in a change to permissible uses.

The existing commercial overlay would be changed from C1-3 to C2-4 on portions of two blocks, generally located on east 193rd Street, west of Decatur Avenue and east of Marion Avenue, and portions of two blocks, generally located along Bainbridge Avenue, north of East 207th Street and south of Van Cortlandt Avenue East. This change would allow a slightly wider range of local commercial uses than are currently permitted and would prevent commercial uses from encroaching on residential side streets.

The existing commercial overlay would be changed from C2-3 to C2-4 on portion of a block generally located along Webster Avenue, north of E 201st street, south of Mosholu Parkway and east of Decatur Ave. The underlying R8 zoning would remain on this block. The change in the commercial overlay would ensure consistency in the commercial uses and the associated parking requirements along Webster Ave.

The depth of the commercial overlays (C1-3, C1-4, and C2-4) is proposed to be reduced to 100’ to match the depth of existing commercial uses and reduce the encroachment of commercial uses on residential streets. Both the C1-4 and C2-4 overlay districts require the provision of one parking space per 1,000 square feet of general retail or service uses.

Proposed Zoning Text Amendment
The proposed zoning text amendment would apply the Inclusionary Housing program within the R7D and C4-5D districts along Webster Avenue in Bronx Community District 7 to establish incentives for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in conjunction with new development. For residential development without an affordable housing component, the maximum FAR would be limited to a base FAR of 4.2. Under the Inclusionary Housing program, a development providing affordable housing is eligible for a floor area bonus within the underlying contextual height and bulk regulations. Developments could qualify for a maximum FAR of 5.6 by providing 20 percent of the residential floor area in the development as permanently affordable housing for income-limited households. Affordable units can be provided either on-site or off-site. Off-site affordable units must be located within Community District 7 or within a half-mile of the site receiving the floor-area bonus. Other city, state and federal housing finance programs may be used to provide further assistance in creation of affordable units. The combination of a zoning bonus with housing programs would establish a powerful incentive for the development and preservation of affordable housing in Bedford Park and Norwood. PDF Document View the adopted text amendment

 


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