City planners have crafted a new Forest Hills District to help the shopper's mecca keep its small-town feel and stave off overdevelopment.
Local officials and residents, worried that the western part of Austin St. near Yellowstone Blvd. is especially vulnerable, have been lobbying for the zoning changes.
Currently, developers can seek waivers from those zoning restrictions and build large commercial and residential structures.
For example, developer Yeheskel Elias once considered building a 15-story, 100-room luxury hotel at Austin St. and 70th Road. That plan would require a waiver.
"It's really important for me to keep Austin St. low density," said Katz, who grew up in Forest Hills. "The nice part is you can walk up and down and you don't have really tall buildings there."
New rules in Forest Hills would limit building height on Austin Street