2006-07-07 / Community

Special Civic Association Meeting On 7/11

A special meeting of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 Street, to discuss rezoning.

More than ten years ago, a zoning study known as The Sunny-Rock Study, showed dense zoning that was inconsistent with the existing homes and out of character for the neighborhood.

An example of the effect of the current R6 zoning is the six-story building being built between Beach 92 Street and Beach 91 Street on Shore Front Parkway. This building will have 43 apartments, and through a loop hole, only 24 parking spaces instead of the required 30 spaces.

This original study was submitted to City Planning at a time when the city was not sensitive to maintaining neighborhood character. However, under Mayor Bloomberg, City Planning has adopted a philosophy of preservation of neighborhoods and other areas in Rockaway have saved the character of their neighborhood by changing the zoning to match the existing housing.

A consultant retained by Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. has updated The Sunny-Rock Study to incorporate the new Zoning Resolutions. He also will be reviewing recommendations on the modification of zoning along Rockaway Beach Boulevard to unify commercial establishments.

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