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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > Williamsbridge/Baychester Rezoning Printer Friendly Version
Williamsbridge/Baychester 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 amendment will affect all or portions of 181 blocks and will replace existing R4, R5, R6, R7-1 and C8-1 zoning districts with R4A, R4, R5A, R5, R5D, R6, R6A, and R7A districts.  The proposal also includes changes to certain commercial overlays within the rezoning area to more closely match and reinforce existing land use and development patterns.


 



R4 (from R5)
Semi-attached and detached one- and two- family homes along Paulding Avenue where the infill provisions will be removed.
Semi-attached and detached one- and two- family homes along Paulding Avenue where the infill provisions will be removed
Four R4 districts are proposed for the rezoning area on all or portions of 35 blocks generally bounded by East 222nd Street, Needham Avenue, Boston Post Road, East 225th Street, and Eastchester Road; Givan Avenue, Corsa Avenue, Burke Avenue, Gunther Avenue, Boston Post Road, and Fenton Avenue;  between Bronxwood Avenue and White Plains Road and East 227th Street and East 223rd Street; and between Bronxwood Avenue and White Plains Road and between East 233rd Street and East 227th Street. These areas are characterized by attached and semi-detached two-story, one- and two-family homes with relatively low lot coverage.

The proposed R4 District would allow a maximum building height up to 35 feet and a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 0.9 (including a 0.15 FAR attic allowance). R4 districts also permit a FAR increase to 1.35 for blocks that are wholly within a R4 zone and are not split by any other zone through the infill provision.  This maximum would more closely match existing FARs and limit out-of character development on these blocks. One parking space would be required for each dwelling unit. 

R4A (from R5)
Small single-family Baychester home in a proposed R4A district
Small single-family Baychester home in a proposed R4A district
R4A districts are proposed on all or portions of 10 blocks southeast of Boston Post Road along Tillotson Avenue and between Burke, Hammersley, Grave and Edson Avenues.  These areas are characterized by small one- to two‐story, one‐ and two family detached homes with pitched roofs.

R4A districts permit only one- and two-family detached residences at a maximum FAR of 0.9 (including the attic allowance). A minimum lot width of 30 feet and a minimum lot area of 2,850 square feet are required. The perimeter wall may rise 21 feet before being setback to the maximum height of 35 feet. Front yards must be at least 10 feet and at least as deep as an adjacent front yard up to a depth of 20 feet. One off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

R5 (from R6 and C8-1)
Small Attached and Semi-detached homes on Lurting Avenue, a proposed R5 district
Small Attached and Semi-detached homes on Lurting Avenue, a proposed R5 district
Two R5 districts are proposed for 18 full or partial blocks along Barnes Avenue between White Plains Road and Bronxwood Avenue and along Lurting Avenue. The R5 along Lurting Avenue will bring the East side of the street into conformance. These areas characterized by an assortment of attached and semi‐detached two to four‐story, one‐, two‐, and multi‐family homes. One‐ and two‐family homes are also in these areas.

As a general zoning district, a R5 district permits all housing types at a maximum FAR of 1.25. A minimum lot width of 40 feet is required for detached houses and a minimum lot width of 18 feet is required for other housing types. A minimum lot area of 3,800 square feet is required for detached houses, and a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet is required for other housing types. The perimeter wall of all housing types may rise to 30 feet before sloping or being set back to a maximum building height of 40 feet. Front yards must be exactly 10 feet deep or a minimum of 18 feet. One parking space is required for each dwelling unit, or 85% if grouped.

R5A (from R6)
A large detached single-family home in an adjacent R5A district
A large detached single-family home in an adjacent R5A district
Two R5A districts are proposed for 13 full or partial blocks west of White Plains bounded generally by Carpenter Avenue between E. 231st Street and E. 225th Street and between E. 222nd Street and E. 219th Street. These areas are characterized by large one‐ and two‐family detached homes.

R5A districts permit only one- and two-family detached residences at a maximum FAR of 1.10 (plus 300 sf for a backyard garage). A minimum lot width of 30 feet and a minimum lot area of 2,850 square feet are required. The perimeter wall may rise 25 feet before being setback to the maximum height of 35 feet. Front yards and rear yards must be at least 10 feet and 30 feet respectively. A minimum of 8 feet is required between buildings on adjacent zoning lots. One off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit.

R5D (from R4, R5, and R6)
A multi-family residential building along Laconia Avenue, a wide corridor in a proposed R5D district
A multi-family residential building along Laconia Avenue, a wide corridor in a proposed R5D district
R5D districts are proposed for 86 full or partial blocks along Bronxwood and Laconia Avenues and along E. 233rd Street. These areas are characterized by an assortment of attached and semi‐detached two to four‐story, one‐, two‐, and multi‐family homes.

R5D districts allow all housing types at a maximum FAR of 2.0. Detached residences require a minimum lot width of 25 feet and a minimum lot area of 2,375 square feet. Semi-detached and attached residences require a minimum lot width of 18 feet and a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet. A front yard of at least 5 feet is required and must be as deep as an adjacent front yard up to 20 feet. A maximum building height of 40 feet is allowed. Parking is required for 66% of the total dwelling units. Community facilities are permitted at an FAR of 2.0.

R6 (from R5)

An R6 district is proposed along White Plains Road between E. 222nd Street and E. 233rd Street. The rest of White Plains Road was recently rezoned to R6 and this will make zoning consistent from Olinville to Wakefield. This area is characterized mainly by one‐ and two‐story local businesses and some small mixed-use apartment buildings.

R6 districts allow all housing types at a maximum FAR of 2.43 with a .57 increase for developments following the “Quality Housing” regulations. Detached residences require a minimum lot width of 40 feet and a minimum lot area of 3,800 square feet. Semi-detached and attached residences require a minimum lot width of 18 feet and a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet. Maximum building height is determined by the sky exposure plane. after a maximum base height of 60 feet. An R6 “Quality Housing” has a maximum base and building height of 60 and 70 feet, respectively, along a wide street. Depending on the size of the lot, parking is required for 70% of the total dwelling units, or 50% for Quality Housing buildings. Community facilities are permitted at an FAR of 4.80.

R6A (from R4, R5, and R6)
Larger apartment buildings in Williamsbridge, along Carpenter Avenue and west of White Plains Road, in the Proposed R6A
Larger apartment buildings in Williamsbridge, along Carpenter Avenue and west of White Plains Road, in the Proposed R6A
Four R6A districts are proposed for 39 full or partial blocks along E. Gun Hill Road from Holland Avenue to Boston Post Road up to E. 215th Street, along Carpenter Avenue and along E. 233rd Street. However, the two R6A districts between Carpenter Avenue and White Plains Road from E. 219th Street to E. 232nd Street are considered neighborhood contextual districts. The areas along Carpenter Avenue and between Holland and Bronxwood Avenues are characterized by older and larger multi‐family homes and multi‐family apartment buildings of 4 to six stories. East 233rd Street and East Gun Hill Road are characterized by one‐ and two‐story local businesses, some multi‐family homes, and vacant and underutilized lots.

R6A districts allow all housing types and have a max FAR of 3.00 within a contextual envelope.  The maximum base and building height is 60 and 70 feet, respectively. Parking is required for 50% of the total dwelling units. Detached residences require a minimum lot width of 40 feet and a minimum lot area of 3,800 square feet. Semi-detached and attached residences require a minimum lot width of 18 feet and a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet. Community facilities are permitted at an FAR of 3.00.

R7A (from R6)
Gun Hill Road Station along White Plains Road along the proposed R7A district
Gun Hill Road Station along White Plains Road along the proposed R7A district
One R7A district is proposed along 14 blocks on White Plains Road from E. Gun Hill Road to E. 218th Street and along parts of Holland Avenue. This area is characterized by two‐ to three‐story commercial and office buildings, mixed‐used two‐story buildings, vacant lots, and some multi‐family apartment buildings.

R7A districts allow all housing types at a max FAR of 4.00 within a contextual envelope.  The maximum base and building height is 65 and 80 feet, respectively. Parking is required for 50% of the total dwelling units. The minimum lot width and lot area for detached residences is 40 feet and 3,800 square feet. Semi-detached and attached residences require a minimum lot width of 18 feet and a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet. Community facilities are permitted at an FAR of 4.00.

Commercial Overlays
The proposal would establish new C1-4 and C2-4 districts in order to recognize existing commercial land use patterns, reduce the potential for commercial encroachment on residential streets and provide new business opportunities.

The proposal would reduce the overlay depths to preclude commercial intrusions into residential side streets by replacing all C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlays along East Gun Hill Road, E. 233rd Street and along Bronxwood and Laconia Avenues with C1-4 and C2-4 commercial overlays.   Most C1-2 and C2-2 overlays along White Plains Road would be changed to C1-4 and C2-4 overlays and their depths reduced from 150 feet to 100 feet to preclude commercial intrusion onto residential blockfronts and to reflect existing land use patterns.

Changing the existing C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlays to C1-4 and C2-4 commercial overlays would reduce the parking from, generally, one parking space per 300 square feet of commercial floor area to one space per 1,000 square feet of commercial floor area. 

Lastly, five new C1-4 and two C2-4 overlays are proposed to reflect existing commercial activity along the south and north side of E. 233rd Street between White Plains Road and Barnes Avenue, along the western side of Laconia Avenue between E. 227th and E. 228th Streets and E. 230th and E. 231st Streets and along the south side of East Gun Hill Road between Lurting and Yates Avenues.



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