Staten Island Special Districts Zoning Update

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Environmental Review (CEQR)

Public environmental review for the Special Districts Update launched on Dec. 21, 2020. This review process is known as City Environmental Quality Review, or CEQR.

The Department of City Planning (DCP) is reviewing public comments received to date about the environmental review.

To submit a comment, please email by March 1, 2021.

Give Your Feedback on the Preliminary Recommendations

The Dept. of City Planning (DCP) has been collaborating closely with a working group of Staten Island community members to find ways to update and improve zoning rules in three areas of Staten Island: Special Hillsides Preservation District, Special Natural Area District and Special South Richmond Development District.

Alongside the working group, we have developed preliminary recommendations to make zoning rules more streamlined, homeowner-friendly and up-to-date with today’s environmental science. We are seeking feedback from all Staten Island community members to help us refine these recommendations as we work towards a formal zoning amendment proposal.

Read the preliminary recommendations:

Submit feedback on the recommendations


Ongoing and Previous Public Engagement

On Jan. 28, 2021, the Department of City Planning held a scoping meeting for the public to give comments on the environmental scoping materials and inform the environmental review process.

View the scoping presentation.
Watch the scoping meeting.

DCP hosted two webinars in summer 2020 to discuss the preliminary recommendations with the Staten Island community and take questions and feedback.

DCP has been collaborating and conducting research with a working group of community members and organizations since 2015. There were 18 working group meetings between April 2015 and May 2020 where we analyzed the existing special district conditions, identified goals to improve the current rules and test out proposed solutions on real sites, culminating in the preliminary recommendations above.

The working group continues to collaborate while we seek feedback on the preliminary recommendations.

Read the working group’s spring 2020 progress update.

Working Group Members

  • SI Community Board 1
  • SI Community Board 2
  • SI Community Board 3
  • Serpentine Art and Nature Commons Inc.
  • SI Taxpayers Association
  • SI Borough President’s Office
  • SI Chapter – American Institute of Architects
  • SI Building Industry Association
  • NYC Parks – Natural Resources Group
  • Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
  • Westervelt Civic Association
  • Department of Buildings
  • Professional Landscape Architects and Planners
  • Council Member Rose
  • Council Member Matteo
  • Council Member Borelli

Alongside the working group and Staten Island community, DCP is coordinating with the Department of Buildings (DOB) to ensure that proposed new zoning rules would result in clear and enforceable rules for smaller properties in the special district. DCP is also working with the following groups to develop a modernized approach to natural resource preservation in the special districts.

  • Department of Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resources Group
  • Natural Area Conservancy
  • NYC Fire Department
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • NY State Department of Environmental Conservation