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Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Riverdale-on-Hudson Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) proposing to amend the Zoning Map for 23 blocks in the northwest Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale-on-Hudson, Community District 8 from R1-2 to R1-1. The proposed R1-1 district will increase the minimum lot size per dwelling unit from 5,700 square feet to 9,500 square feet. The rezoning area is generally bounded by West 261st Street to the north, Riverdale Avenue/Henry Hudson Parkway to the east, West 230th Street to the south and the Hudson River to the west.

The purpose of the proposed action is to maintain the current character of the existing neighborhood, which is primarily comprised of large single family homes on large lots that are greater than 10,000 square feet. In recent years, there has been concern regarding future development pressure to subdivide the large lots to create additional single family homes on somewhat smaller lots, which would be allowed under the existing zoning. The creation of new housing on significantly smaller lots may alter the unique character of the neighborhood. The proposed action would limit new development to single family detached homes on lots that are least 100 feet wide and have a lot area of at least 9,500 square feet. This would ensure that new construction would correspond to the neighborhood’s residential context and built form without precluding future development opportunities.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York city Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.