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New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Whitestone Rezoning (CEQR No. 06DCP011Q, ULURP No. 060055ZMQ) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) proposing Zoning Map amendments for all or portions of 311 blocks in the northern Queens neighborhood of Whitestone, Community District 7. The rezoning area is generally bounded by the Whitestone Expressway and 132nd Street to the west, the East River to the north, the Clearview Expressway and Utopia Parkway to the east, and 25th and 26th Avenues to the south. The goal of DCP’s proposed action is to preserve the area’s low density character and ensure that new development is of an appropriate scale and density in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood.

The amendments to the Zoning Map are as follows:

The purpose of the rezoning is to maintain the current character of the neighborhood, which is primarily comprised of detached- and semi-detached homes. Due to increasing pressures in Whitestone to redevelop underutilized lots in the rezoning area, there is an incentive to demolish existing housing stock to make way for out-of-scale attached or multifamily structures. The proposed action will limit new developments to single and two-family semi-detached and detached housing which most accurately reflects the neighborhood’s existing pattern of development. Existing semi-detached, attached, and multifamily buildings would become legally non-conforming uses in the rezoning area. The proposed zoning would not significantly alter land use nor would it affect the amount of future development. The rezoning area is generally bounded by the Whitestone Expressway and 132nd Street to the west, the East River to the north, the Clearview Expressway and Utopia Parkway to the east, and 25th and 26th Avenues to the south.

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