The City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a zoning text amendment aimed at easing restrictions for homeowners looking to rebuild their houses in Sandy-affected communities.
The Special Regulations for Neighborhood Recovery text amendment expedites the process for elevating houses in Community Districts 10, 13 and 14 in Queens and in parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The new zoning rules:
• Allow homeowners to elevate or rebuild homes even if the structure doesn't comply with zoning. As it stands, homeowners cannot be approved for elevation if their property does not conform to code.
• Create a “zoning envelope” to allow homes to have a wider footprint than they have now. This is aimed at ceasing the construction of tall buildings with narrow lots, according to city officials.
• Permit homeowners to elevate parts of a structure even if it is below the adjacent grade level. As it stands, homeowners are not allowed to do that.