The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing a series of land use actions including zoning map amendments, zoning text amendments and City Map changes to support implementation of the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan. The Plan, which is the subject of an on-going community engagement process, will create opportunities for new affordable housing and community facilities including new parkland, establish Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, diversify area retail, support small businesses and entrepreneurs, and promote a safe and walkable pedestrian realm. The rezoning and related actions seek to achieve the following land use objectives:
Additionally, the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan calls for strategic infrastructure and community investments. While not reflected as land use actions here, the Plan recommendations are all interrelated and support a broad, comprehensive vision for the study area.
The Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan calls for rezoning an approximately 92-block area which spans approximately 151 acres along Jerome Avenue and is generally bounded by E 165th Street to the south and 184th Street to the north, The affected area also includes portions of Edward L. Grant Highway, E 170th Street, Mount Eden Avenue, Tremont Avenue, Burnside Avenue and E 183rd. The area is defined by Jerome Avenue which runs north-south and from East 165th Street to East 184th Street and east-west connections which comprise the commercial corridors and provide key connections throughout the study area. The rezoning area includes portions of Community Boards 4, 5, and 7 in the Borough of the Bronx.
The current land use pattern along the Jerome Avenue corridor dates back almost a hundred years to when the area was developed to accommodate parking for the nearby dense residential developments. The surrounding residential communities were developed typically with 6-8 story apartment buildings and some lower-scale homes. At the time the residential communities were developed, parking was not permitted in residential buildings, and the Jerome Avenue corridor became a service district for these communities. The C8-3 and M1-2 zoning districts mapped along Jerome in 1961 helped freeze this land use pattern in place. Still today, much of this zoning does not permit the full range of options to fulfill the vision of the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan. Residential development is currently not permitted in key nodes along the corridor and in areas that can accommodate growth and density. Commercial and retail development is limited in many parts of the study area. The streetscape is inconsistent as it is interrupted by uses that illegally occupy the sidewalk and the street and do not promote pedestrian safety or walkability. Many areas where residential development is permitted are characterized by underutilized properties developed with single-story commercial uses.
The existing zoning within the proposed rezoning area is composed of seven zoning districts:
The Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan calls for the following land use actions:
Creation of the Special Jerome Avenue District to regulate irregular lots; control ground floor uses, curb cuts, and transparency; and regulate transient hotels.
Application of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing in proposed R7A, R7D, R8A, R9A and C4-4D (MIH Option, 1, 2, and Deep Affordability)
Changes to the City Map to facilitate the development of Corporal Fischer Park
And the following Zoning Map Amendments:
Rezoning two full blocks and 17 partial blocks from C8-3 and R7-1 to R7A. R7A allows medium-density apartment buildings at a maximum FAR of 4.0 for residential uses and 4.6 for residential uses in areas mapped with Inclusionary Housing. R7A districts permit community facility FARs up to 4.0.
Rezoning two blocks from R7-1 to R7D. R7D allows medium-density apartment buildings at a maximum FAR of 5.6 for residential uses in areas mapped with Inclusionary Housing. R7D districts permit community facility FARs up to 4.2.
Rezoning 39 partial blocks from M1-2, C8-3, C4-4, R7-1, R8 to R8A. R8A allows medium-density apartment buildings at a maximum FAR of 6.02 for residential uses and 7.2 for residential uses in areas mapped with Inclusionary Housing. R8A districts permit community facility FARs up to 6.5.
Rezoning three full and 6 partial blocks from C8-3, M1-2, R7-1, and R8 and R9A. R9A allows high-density apartment buildings at a maximum FAR of 8.5 for residential uses in areas mapped with Inclusionary Housing. R9A districts permit community facility FARs up to 7.5.
Rezoning 21 partial blocks from 8-3, R7-1, and R8 to C4-4D. C4-4D is an R8A equivalent, and is a mid-density commercial district that permits residential uses up to 7.20 FAR in areas designated as part of the Inclusionary Housing program, commercial uses up to 3.4 FAR, and community facilities up to 6.5 FAR. Residential and mixed use buildings developed within the district are subject to bulk regulations governed by the R8A district.
Mapping C2-4 commercial overlays over portions of the proposed R7A, R7D, R8A, and R9A. C2-4 commercial overlays allow for local retail uses and commercial development up to 2.0 FAR and allow Use Groups 1-9 and 14, which include uses such as plumbing and electrical shops, small bowling alleys and movie theaters, funeral homes, small repair shops, printers, and caterers.
Public review of the land use component of the City’s multi-faceted Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan started on August 21, 2017. During the seven-month public review process (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP), the public has a chance to comment formally on the proposal. The proposal will now be referred out to Bronx CBs 4, 5 and 7 for 60 days to review, after which it will go to the Borough President, the City Planning Commission and the City Council.
|Department of City Planning Certification||August 21, 2017 View the presentation|
|Bronx Community Boards 4, 5 and 7 Resolution||Must be completed by October 30, 2017|
|Borough President Recommendation||Must be completed by November 29, 2017|
|Bronx Borough Board Recommendation||Must be completed by November 29, 2017|
|City Planning Commission Public Hearing||60 Days|
|City Planning Commission Vote||60 Days|
|City Council Hearing||50 Days|
|City Council Review||50 Days|
Environmental review, known as the City Environmental Quality Review process (CEQR), is an essential part of the planning process. CEQR is the City’s process for implementing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), through which City agencies review proposed discretionary actions to identify the potential effects those actions may have on the environment.
An environmental assessment of the Jerome Avenue Rezoning Proposal, the first step in the CEQR process, was conducted and determined that the proposal may have a significant adverse impact on the environment requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to enable the public and decision-makers to understand the nature and consequences of these potential environmental impacts. A draft scope of work for the EIS was developed, which lists the impact categories to be analyzed and how they will be studied. A public scoping meeting to receive comments on the draft scope of work was held on September 29, 2016.
The Final Scope of Work and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) were published on Friday, August 19, 2017. The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the DEIS prior to issuing the Notice of Completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and CPC vote at a date to be announced later.