Blogger Flatbush Gardener attended the Department of City Planning’s preliminary public hearing on Thursday regarding the rezoning of the northern section of Brooklyn Community District 14, which includes part of Flatbush, Prospect Park South, Ditmas Park, Fiske Terrace, South Midwood, etc. The goal of the plans is four-fold:

1) Preserve the existing free-standing (detached) single- and two-family houses.

2) Match new zoning to existing buildings as closely as possible without “under zoning.”

3) Encourage creation of affordable housing through incentives.

4) Create opportunities for commercial growth.

Flatbush Gardener has a thorough overview of the hearing, and goes into detail with case studies explaining how the rezoning will affect certain areas. A main concern in the neighborhood seems to be that the rezoning could threaten the area’s historic Victorian homes. The proposal has not been certified yet, so ULURP has yet to begin.

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Meanwhile, DCP has certified, and begun the ULURP process, for a contextual rezoning of Waldheim, Queens, located southeast of downtown Flushing. According to DCP, the rezoning would,

“-preserve the predominantly lower-density character of the Waldheim neighborhood;

-ensure that future development be consistent with existing development patterns;

-reformulate commercial zoning to be more reflective of existing development patterns;

-and provide limited opportunities for new housing development in areas most able to support it.”

Queens Community Board 7 has until August 11 to hold a public hearing and issue a recommendation.

What do YOU think? Considering that PlaNYC 2030 posits that New York City will have a million more people by 2030, are downzonings like these good for the City’s future? How can the Administration balance the need for growth with the preservation of neighborhood character?

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