On June 21, 2017, City Council adopted the Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach resiliency rezonings which are now in effect.
Among the recommendations from the Old Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, and Broad Channel study, local zoning actions for Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach were identified as priorities for near-term implementation. Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach were studied in part because they are among the most vulnerable to flooding in the city. These two neighborhoods face flood hazards from storm surges and experience periodic tidal flooding in some parts, a condition likely to become more severe over time with projected sea level rise. To reduce these flood risks and plan for adaptation over time, the rezoning for these two neighborhoods places limits on new development in these highly vulnerable areas. The new zoning was approved by the City Council on June 21, 2017, and is now in effect. The official zoning text which established a Special Coastal Risk District, and the official zoning maps, 18b for Hamilton Beach; and 24b, 24d, 30a, and 30c for Broad Channel are available.
Prior to the 2017 rezoning, Broad Channel was zoned R3-2 with C1 and C2 commercial overlays located in two areas along Cross Bay Boulevard. Hamilton Beach was zoned R3-1 with a C1-2 commercial overlay in Coleman Square, a commercial node located to the north of the neighborhood. These zoning districts were unchanged since 1961 when the current Zoning Resolution was adopted and did not reflect the established building pattern in these two neighborhoods, which is predominately detached residential buildings on narrow lots, or the current and future flood risk.
The flood risk in Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach is complicated by the fact that these neighborhoods have extensive shorelines, mostly under private ownership, and investing in shoreline protection would be difficult and costly. In addition, proposed regional investments in coastal infrastructure only address risk from storm surge and will not protect against high tides. Moreover, each neighborhood has limited transportation access options during a storm or flood event, making evacuation and emergency access challenging.
Due to the exceptional flood risk in Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach, the adopted land use regulations are intended to limit increases in population, while simultaneously allowing individuals to make property investments to safeguard their existing homes and businesses in ways that are consistent with the built context.
The rezoning seeks to achieve the following objectives:
The rezoning for Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach reflects the neighborhoods’ exceptional flood risk and its established development patterns.
A rezoning from C1-2 to C1-3 to help commercial uses on small lots that may not be able to accommodate the off-street parking requirement under current zoning reconstruct if damaged or destroyed.
DCP worked with the communities in Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach to advance a rezoning that prevents a substantial increase in population in these vulnerable neighborhoods.
On February 21, 2017 the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications for the Resiliency Rezonings in Broad Channel (N 170257 ZRQ and C 170256 ZMQ) and Hamilton Beach (N 170267 ZRQ and C 170255 ZMQ). During this time, the public had the opportunity to formally comment on the proposal. Community Boards 10 and 14, the Queens Borough President, the City Planning Commission, and the City Council Zoning Subcommittee held hearings and issued formal recommendations prior to its adoption by City Council on June 21, 2017.
|Department of City Planning Certification||February 21, 2017 - View the presentation|
|Queens Community Board 10 Review||April 6,, 2017 - View the presentation|
|Queens Community Board 14 Review||April 19, 2017 - View the presentation|
|Queens Borough President Review||April 27, 2017 - View the presentation|
|City Planning Commission Review||May 22, 2017 - View the presentation|
|City Planning Commission Approval||June 7, 2017|
|City Council Hearing||June 20, 2017 - View the presentation|
|City Council Approval||June 21, 2017|
For more information contact: ResilientQueens_DL@planning.nyc.gov