From the Queens Gazette:
Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and members of the Department of City Planning have been working closely with Community Board 1, civic groups, the Norwood Neighborhood Association, the Greek American Homeowners Association and the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation [CALDC] to develop a plan that strengthens Astoria’s zoning laws.
The past eight months have been spent defining the rezoning proposal as follows:
•Increase the amount of proposed commercial zoning recognizing existing uses and provide more business location opportunities
•Reduce the maximum allowable building height from 125 feet to 80 feet for any development in proposed high density zones and tightening the boundaries of where these zones are proposed.
•Astoria’s current zoning, mostly consisting of R5 and R6 areas, which allowed for any type of development, will transform into many smaller specifically targeted areas, reflecting existing contexts while supporting appropriately scaled enlargements.
Vallone said, “The rezoning is an effort to prevent people from tearing down existing buildings to construct new buildings that are out of character, while allowing homeowners to improve and expand their property in context with the area.”
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