Council OKs KGH rezoning

The City Council voted unanimously late last month to approve rezoning residential parts of Kew Gardens Hills for slightly higher density. Parts of the area previously designated R2 are now R2X.

Residents of the largely Orthodox Jewish community proposed to allow them to build larger homes to raise families in. Community Board 8 had decided last year to sponsor the application, a decision that relieved the residents behind the rezoning plan of having to pay the high legal fees required for seeing its approval through.

The floor area ratio of R2X districts is 0.825; it’s 0.5 in R2 ones. Homes in R2X areas must have a minimum rear yard depth of only 20 feet between them and the edge of their rear yard; the minimum rear-yard depth for R2 zones is 30 feet.

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) supported the residents behind the rezoning application and helped to get it passed.

“Doing everything we can to help #nyc families stay in #nyc,” he tweeted upon the rezoning’s approval.

— Ryan Brady