The American Institute of Architects New York City Chapter has proposed new amendments to the zoning resolution, particularly having to do with contextual zoning regulations.  Their proposals include: increasing coverage allowed on small corner lots; increasing maximum allowable base heights up to 25% to align with adjacent buildings (as shown here); and doing away with the side yard requirement in certain districts.  More details are available here.  The AIA says that these changes, “Allow flexibility to encourage variety and design excellence, consistent with sound planning and urban design principles.”  Some neighborhood activists (particularly in Brooklyn), however, are concerned about the implications for contextually-zoned neighborhoods.

These amendments are currently in the process of review by community boards, and the public comment period ends on January 7.  For more information, contact or