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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Carroll Gardens Printer Friendly Version
Carroll Gardens Narrow Street/Wide Street Zoning Text Amendment - Approved!
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Actions | Public Review

  Project Update: July23, 2008
On July 23, 2008, the City Council adopted the zoning text amendment as proposed. Zoning changes are now in effect.

Existing Zoning Map
Existing Zoning Map
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In response to concerns about out-of-scale development from Community Board 6, local civic groups and elected officials, the Department of City Planning is proposing zoning text amendments to define certain streets in Carroll Gardens as narrow streets for zoning purposes. The text amendment would limit the size and configuration of new buildings and enlargements to more closely match the area's prevailing built character.

Certain streets in Carroll Gardens are mapped on the City Map with widths of 100 to 130 feet.   On these streets in Carroll Gardens, the mapped street therefore includes the characteristic deep front yards of homes as well as the sidewalks and roadbeds. The Zoning Resolution has  more liberal floor area and height and setback rules for streets that are mapped at widths of 75 feet or more ("wide streets").

The zoning text amendments would apply to the following streets:
  • First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Fourth Place between Henry Street and Smith Street; and
  • Second Street, Carroll Street and President Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street
Although these streets have mapped widths that qualify them as wide streets, they look and function as narrow streets.  The total width of sidewalks and roadways on these streets is approximately 50 feet.

First Place between Henry Street and Clinton Street
First Place between Henry Street and Clinton Street

Second Place between Clinton Street and Court Street
Second Place between Clinton Street and Court Street
Carroll Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street
Carroll Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street

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Brief explanations of terms in green italics can be viewed by clicking on the term. Words and phrases followed by an asterisk (*) are defined terms in the Zoning Resolution, primarily in Section 12-10. Consult the Zoning Resolution for the official and legally binding definitions of these words and phrases.
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