On September 7, 2017, City Council adopted the East Shore Special Coastal Risk District and Rezoning which are now in effect.
One of the priority recommendations from the East Shore Resilient Neighborhoods report is to modify the zoning rulesin the New York State Buyout Areas of Oakwood Beach, Graham Beach, and Ocean Breeze. The proposed Special Coastal Risk District will limit density in these highly vulnerable areas, protect sensitive natural areas, and ensure that new development is consistent with open space and infrastructure plans. In addition, a change to an existing commercial overlay in Graham Beach is proposed to align zoning with existing businesses and services.
In the months following Hurricane Sandy, the New York State Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) designated the Oakwood Beach, Ocean Breeze, and Graham Beach neighborhoods as Enhanced Buyout Areas due to high flood risk and the overall communities’ support to participate in the program. Within these defined boundaries the State offered to buy homes at pre-storm value that sustained substantial damage as a result of Sandy, Tropical Storm Lee, or Hurricane Irene. These areas were determined to be most at risk in future disasters due to their low lying elevations and proximity to the coast. The stated goal of this program was to acquire private property, demolish existing structures, and convert the land to open space to serve as buffers to future storms. However, participation in the program was voluntary and not all property owners have opted to participate.
The project area largely consists of one- and two-family residential buildings and is currently zoned R3-1 and R3X with limited areas of R3-2. Several retail and service businesses are located in a C1-1 commercial overlay mapped in Graham Beach along Father Capodanno Boulevard.
City Planning, in coordination with local leaders and area stakeholders, has developed a proposed rezoning that seeks to address the exceptional risks from natural hazards these areas face, as well as their unique programmatic, environmental, and land use conditions. The proposed text amendment and rezoning seeks to achieve the following goals:
Proposal includes a Zoning Text Amendment to create a new Special Coastal Risk District to ensure that new development minimize risks for public safety and is consistent with plans for open space, wetland conservation, and infrastructure. The special district will:
In addition, the proposal includes the modification of an existing C1-1 commercial overlay in Graham Beach. The C1-1 overlay will be reduced in size and replaced with the new C1-3 commercial overlay. The C1-3 overlay will better reflect existing patterns of commercial development in the area and, by reducing parking requirements, have the added benefit of making rebuilding easier in the aftermath of future floods.
On April 24, 2017, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications for the East Shore Special Coastal Risk Subdistrict & Rezoning (C 170373 ZMR and N 170374 ZRR). During this time, the public has a chance to formally comment on the proposal. Staten Island Community Boards 2 and 3, Staten Island Borough Board, the City Planning Commission and the City Council Zoning Subcommittee held hearings and issued formal recommendations prior to its adoption by City Council on September 7, 2017.
|ULURP Milestone||Target Dates|
|Department of City Planning Certification||April 24, 2017 – View the presentation|
|Staten Island Community Board 2 Review||May 7, 2017 – View the presentation|
|Staten Island Community Board 3 Review||May 10, 2017 – View the presentation|
|Staten Island Borough President and Borough Board Review||June 7, 2017 – View the presentation|
|City Planning Commission Review||July 10, 2017 – View the presentation|
|City Planning Commission Approval||August 9, 2017|
|City Council Hearing||September 5, 2017 – View the presentation|
|City Council Approval||September 7, 2017|
For more information contact: ResilientSI_DL@planning.nyc.gov