Staten Island Special Districts Zoning Update

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Environmental Review (CEQR)

The Department of City Planning (DCP) is launching public environmental review for the Staten Island Special Districts Update. Participate in an upcoming scoping meeting to give comments on the environmental scoping materials and inform the environmental review process.

Scoping Meeting | Jan. 28
4 p.m.: Focus on Special Hillsides Preservation District and Special Natural Area District
6 p.m.: Focus on Special South Richmond District

This scoping meeting will be held in two sessions. The first session will focus in greater detail on the proposed changes to the Special Hillsides Preservation District and Special Natural Area District. The second session will focus in greater detail on the proposed changes to the Special South Richmond Development District. Public comments will be accepted for both proposals in either session. Written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2021.

For instructions on how to participate online or from any phone, including accessibility and language requests, visit NYC Engage.

Watch a livestream of the meeting online here.

To submit written comments, please email by March 1, 2021

Give Your Feedback on the Preliminary Recommendations

The Dept. of City Planning (DCP) has been collaborating closely with a working group of Staten Island community members to find ways to update and improve zoning rules in three areas of Staten Island: Special Hillsides Preservation District, Special Natural Area District and Special South Richmond Development District.

Alongside the working group, we have developed preliminary recommendations to make zoning rules more streamlined, homeowner-friendly and up-to-date with today’s environmental science. We are seeking feedback from all Staten Island community members to help us refine these recommendations as we work towards a formal zoning amendment proposal.

Read the preliminary recommendations:

Submit feedback on the recommendations


Ongoing and Previous Public Engagement

DCP hosted two webinars in summer 2020 to discuss the preliminary recommendations with the Staten Island community and take questions and feedback.

DCP has been collaborating and conducting research with a working group of community members and organizations since 2015. There were 18 working group meetings between April 2015 and May 2020 where we analyzed the existing special district conditions, identified goals to improve the current rules and test out proposed solutions on real sites, culminating in the preliminary recommendations above.

The working group continues to collaborate while we seek feedback on the preliminary recommendations.

Read the working group’s spring 2020 progress update.

Working Group Members

  • SI Community Board 1
  • SI Community Board 2
  • SI Community Board 3
  • Serpentine Art and Nature Commons Inc.
  • SI Taxpayers Association
  • SI Borough President’s Office
  • SI Chapter – American Institute of Architects
  • SI Building Industry Association
  • NYC Parks – Natural Resources Group
  • Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
  • Westervelt Civic Association
  • Department of Buildings
  • Professional Landscape Architects and Planners
  • Council Member Rose
  • Council Member Matteo
  • Council Member Borelli

Alongside the working group and Staten Island community, DCP is coordinating with the Department of Buildings (DOB) to ensure that proposed new zoning rules would result in clear and enforceable rules for smaller properties in the special district. DCP is also working with the following groups to develop a modernized approach to natural resource preservation in the special districts.

  • Department of Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resources Group
  • Natural Area Conservancy
  • NYC Fire Department
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • NY State Department of Environmental Conservation