BRONX, NY ― Council Member James Vacca today hailed the passage of a zoning amendment he initiated that strictly limits the development of medical offices and day care centers in the residential sections of Community Board 10.
“Lower-density communities across New York City have been overrun by large, unattractive doctor’s offices and day care centers that are out of context with surrounding homes and make it even harder to park your car,” Vacca said. “This zoning change is our latest effort to preserve the character that makes our community special and that we have fought so hard to protect.”
The amendment, approved by the City Council on January 18 and by Board 10 in October, effectively prohibits large-scale medical offices and day care centers from opening on most side streets in Throgs Neck, Pelham Bay, Waterbury-LaSalle, Country Club, Spencer Estate, and City Island by imposing the following restrictions:
· A minimum lot width of 60 feet.
· A minimum lot area of 5,700 square feet for medical and 10,000 square feet for day care.
· 1 parking space per 400 square feet of medical and 1 space per 1,000 square feet of day care.
· Height, bulk, and yard restrictions in line with residential standards.
The rule change was originally designed for Staten Island but was amended to include Board 10’s Lower-Density Growth Management Area at Vacca’s request. The Department of City Planning has indicated it would consider similar restrictions for other low-density areas, such as most of Community Board 11 and parts of Queens and Brooklyn, in the near future.
For more information, please visit the City Planning website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/ldgma_si/index.shtml.