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Upper West Side Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update September 25, 2007:
On September 25, 2007, the City Council adopted the Upper West Side Rezoning map changes with modifications (PDF Document View map of zoning modifications). Zoning changes are now in effect.

The Department of City Planning, together with area residents, Community Board 7 and the Upper West Side Rezoning Task Force, the Manhattan Borough President, local elected officials, the  Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, has developed a comprehensive rezoning proposal for the northern portion of the Upper West Side which seeks to:
  • Promote appropriate development that respects established built form;
  • Create opportunities for the development of affordable housing; and
  • Preserve historic assets.
The rezoning proposal follows a planning study and neighborhood survey of the area bound by West 97th Street to the south, West 110th Street to the north, Riverside Drive to the west and Central Park West to the east.  In total the area covers 51 city blocks or 240 acres.

Upper West Side Rezoning Study Area
Upper West Side Study Area
Study Area -
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Situated within close proximity to both Riverside and Central parks, and with excellent access to public transportation, the study area has become an increasingly desirable place to live.  While it lacks an abundance of traditional development sites such as vacant parcels or underdeveloped lots, recent trends in new construction demonstrate the potential for out-of-scale buildings of excessive height.  In particular, two mixed-use buildings of 37 and 31 stories, under construction between West 99th and West 100th streets on Broadway, have raised community concern about the their potential to change the neighborhood’s character and create quality-of-life impacts.

Planning Process
Beginning in September 2005, the Department of City Planning met with community residents to listen to concerns and discuss a proposal for rezoning the northern portion of the Upper West Side.  Community Board 7 formed an Upper West Side Rezoning Task force in December 2005 and the Department presented its rezoning proposal to the Task Force in public forums on March 15, 2006 and May 17, 2006.

PDF Document View the March 15th, 2006 Presentation: Study area: existing zoning, character and potential development sites; Recommended zoning. (5.7 mb)

PDF Document View the May 17th, 2006 Presentation: Analyses of height, FAR and streetwall compliance. (4.1 mb)

On April 23, 2007, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application (C 070427 ZMM) for the Upper West Side rezoning and referred the related non-ULURP zoning text amendment (N 070428 ZRY) to begin the formal public review process.

Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

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