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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/15/2010

Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed South Jamaica Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning, to rezone approximately 530 blocks in the South Jamaica and Springfield Gardens neighborhoods of Queens, Community District 12. The proposed action would also include an amendment to the Zoning Text to extend the applicable area of the "Food Retail Expansion to Support Health" (FRESH) program to Community District 12's commercial corridors. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Liberty Avenue, 108th Avenue and South Road to the north, Merrick Boulevard, Nellis Street and Springfield Boulevard to the east, the Southern State/Belt Parkway to the south and Van Wyck Expressway to the west the South Jamaica and Springfield Gardens neighborhoods of Queens, Community District 12.

The proposed action consists of four components:

1) Lower-density Contextual Rezoning: Rezoning of all or portions of 528 blocks from R2, R3-2, R4, C8-1 and M1-1 to lower-density or lower density contextual zoning districts R2, R3-1, R3-2, R3A, R3X, R4-1, and R4A to better reflect the existing lower density contexts.

2) Medium-density Contextual Rezoning: Rezoning of all or portions of 108 blocks from R3-2, R3A, R4, R4B and C8-1 to R5, R5B, and R5D to reflect existing land use patterns and allow for moderate-density increases along the area's wide streets.

3) Commercial Overlay Modifications: Elimination or reduction of the depths of C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlays, where appropriate, to prevent commercial intrusion onto residential blocks. Introduction of C1-2, C1-3 and C2-3 commercial overlays where appropriate to reflect current land uses, and reinforce the character of the area's wide streets. The proposed actions are intended to protect the predominant lower density character of the area while allowing for a moderate increase in residential and commercial density along the area's main corridors, including Rockaway, Sutphin and Merrick Boulevards. Updates to commercially zoned districts within the rezoning area are also proposed to reflect existing land use patterns, provide new residential and retail opportunities and improve and reinforce the character of the area's wide streets.

4) Zoning Text Amendment: Extension of the "Food Retail Expansion to Support Health" (FRESH) zoning incentives to all C1 and C2 districts throughout Queens Community District 12 (except where excluded in Article VI, Chapter 3 of the Zoning Resolution). The text amendment also applies the provisions of the Zoning Resolution Section 11-15 (Environmental Requirements), governing (E) designations, to one development site outside of the rezoning area.

Contact: Celeste Evans, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Maintenance Accessway in Oakwood Beach Bluebelt will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to create a maintenance accessway in the Oakwood Beach Bluebelt. The project would include the removal of Phragmites australis (phragmites), debris and soil to approximately six inches in depth as necessary in order to remove all debris and create a 20 foot wide buffer between private property and Bluebelt property (about 400 feet long) and a manageable maintenance accessway. NYC DEP would be importing fill as necessary (no more than approximately 175 cubic yards) from off-site to fill any remaining holes left after debris and soil removal operations. The fill would be used to provide smooth grading from one side of the holes to the other. The fill used in these areas that are to be seeded shall be clean earth, consisting of a mixture of silt, clay and sand. The project will be similar in scope to other permitted accessways in the New Creek Bluebelt that are being completed under New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Permit Numbers 2-6499-00012/00005 and 2-6499-00012/00006. The project is located on the Oakwood Beach Bluebelt, Grayson Street in Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Erin Morey, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6443, E-mail: erinm@dep.nyc.gov.



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