2005-08-05 / Community

Borough President Endorses Far Rock Rezoning

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has fast tracked a proposed rezoning for a 21-block area in Far Rockaway that the community requested to protect the neighborhood on the Queens/Nassau border from over development.

Marshall sent her recommendation to approve the proposed rezoning to the City’s Department of City Planning within days after her public land use hearing held on Thursday, July 14. Marshall’s public hearing was held within 48 hours of Community Board 14’s vote of 30-0 in favor of the proposed rezoning.

The proposal, which must now go before the City Planning Department for its final approval, affects 21 blocks in Far Rockaway, bounded by Hicksville Road, Beach 9 Street, Beach 6 Street, Seagirt Avenue, the east Rockaway Inlet and the Nassau County line.

Marshall explained that the area north of Seagirt Boulevard will be up-zoned to allow slightly larger residences and the areas south of Seagirt Boulevard will be down-zoned to reflect the existing housing types.

“Any new development will now reflect the predominant building type already existing,” said the Borough President.

“We have responded to the community’s wishes and residents can now be secure in the knowledge that future development will be appropriate and reasonable,” said Marshall.

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