Staten Island Special Districts Zoning Text Amendment

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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


Join a Webinar to Learn More

DCP is hosting two webinars to discuss the preliminary recommendations and take your questions and feedback.

To participate online from a computer, tablet or smartphone, register using the links below.

You can register at any point before or during the meeting. After you register, you will receive a confirmation and instructions by email.

To participate online, register using this link: Webinar Registration

To dial into the meeting from any phone, call toll-free (888) 788-0099. Enter the following meeting ID and password when prompted.

  • Meeting ID: 978 3253 5428
  • Password: 12345

To participate online, register using this link: August 12 Webinar Registration.

To dial into the meeting from any phone, call toll-free (888) 788-0099. Enter the following meeting ID and password when prompted.

  • Meeting ID: 983 1668 7769
  • Password: 12345

Ongoing Staten Island Working Group Collaboration

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

Ongoing Inter-agency Coordination

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