The City Council on June 21 unanimously approved a rezoning of Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel, which permits the construction of single-family homes on most lots in the coastal neighborhoods.
The initiatives were pushed through by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who urged the City Planning Commission to approve the plans at its June 7 meeting — even though the panel had more time to review them.
The rezonings will take effect once signed by the City Clerk — which could happen in the coming days.
Under the rezoning, future residential developments in Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel will be limited to one-family houses, with the possibility of two-family homes only on lots wider than 40 feet in the former area.
In Broad Channel, new developments would be single-family only and the construction of community facilities with sleeping accommodations would be prohibited.
The new rules would also prohibit the construction of semidetached multifamily housing in both communities.
Larger homes are often less storm-resilient and out of character in the low-lying, shoreline neighborhoods.