Thursday, January 24, 2008

PM Update: Days of Some Carroll Gardens "Wide Streets" May End

Among the many changes that neighborhood activists have been pushing in Carroll Gardens is a change in old city zoning regulations that define some very narrow streets in the neighborhood as "wide streets," allowing for the possible development of tall buildings. The Department of City Planning has apparently agreed to a zoning text amendment that would redefine 1st Place through 4th Place as "narrow streets," severely restricting the height of buildings that could be developed. (Currently, the gardens in front of buildings are counted as part of the street.) The news comes via City Councilmember Bill de Blasio who announced a "major development to help protect the character of Carroll Gardens."

The text of his email says:
I along with community leaders, Brooklyn Community Board 6, and Carroll Gardens residents have brought to the Department of City Planning (DCP)'s attention concerns about the zoning implications of the 'wide street' definition in the R6 zoning district on 1st through 4th Place in Carroll Gardens. I am happy to announce that in response to these concerns, DCP has agreed to put forward an application for a change to the zoning text whereby these streets would be defined as 'narrow streets' for zoning purposes, permitting a lower Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and maximum building heights that are more in keeping with the surrounding character and context of the neighborhood.

This zoning text amendment would go through a public review process, and DCP hopes to have this ready for referral by the City Planning Commission in March.
Neighborhood reaction is pending.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One Year minimum. Too little too late

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this smoke and mirrors?

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the width of the street will effect the bulk of the building if the developer ops to use the quality housing program. If he uses height factor zoning, the building height will remain governed by the sky exposure plane, (the neighborhood is zoned R6). to help the neighborhood, it sould be eather be rezoned R6B or made into a special LH (limited height) district like Brooklyn Heights.

10:31 PM  

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