From The Real Deal:
The Department of City Planning and Council member Peter Vallone are introducing a massive rezoning plan for the Astoria section of Queens tonight at a public meeting, officials said.
Vallone of Astoria and City Planning are hosting what they describe as a "town hall informational session" to discuss a rezoning study that would limit development in residential sections of the neighborhood while relaxing zoning in commercial areas.
The study encompasses roughly 200 blocks stretching north to south from 20th Avenue to Broadway and east to west from the East River to Steinway Street (see proposal below). It covers around 8,860 lots and would set a maximum building height of 80 feet in rezoned areas.
Under the plan, homeowners will be able to improve their residences provided the renovations maintain the look and feel of the street, and residents will not be allowed to build unregulated buildings that dwarf their neighbors' homes, the press release says.
One of Astoria's main commercial corridors, 31st Street, would be rezoned to "[allow] for considerable growth."