Sunday, January 27, 2008

De Blasio Announces Major Zoning Change for Carroll Gardens

Councilmember Bill de Blasio sent us the following statement regarding the redefining of certain streets in Carroll Gardens as "narrow." This a development which could help protect the character of Carroll Gardens by mandating a lower building height:

"I along with community leaders, Brooklyn Community Board 6, and Carroll Gardens residents have brought to the Department of City Planning (DCP)'s attention concerns about the zoning implications of the 'wide street' definition in the R6 zoning district on 1st through 4th Place in Carroll Gardens. I am happy to announce that in response to these concerns, DCP has agreed to put forward an application for a change to the zoning text whereby these streets would be defined as 'narrow streets' for zoning purposes, permitting a lower Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and maximum building heights that are more in keeping with the surrounding character and context of the neighborhood."

"This zoning text amendment would go through a public review process, and DCP hopes to have this ready for referral by the City Planning Commission in March."

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