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Special Battery Park City Zoning District NYC

Special Battery Park City Zoning District NYC

  The Special Battery Park City Zoning District is one of many special zoning districts in New York City. Special Districts have additional zoning requirements otherwise not stipulated in the Zoning Resolution.   Special Battery Park City Zoning New York...

Special Limited Commercial District Zoning NYC

Special Limited Commercial District Zoning NYC

  In NYC there are areas designated as a Special Limited Commercial District in Historic Districts. The Zoning Districts are meant to control the types of use for buildings within these historic districts.   Special Limited Commercial District The Landmarks...

Special Lincoln Square District Zoning NYC

Special Lincoln Square District Zoning NYC

The Special Lincoln Square District is a Special Zoning District in New York City.  This district includes Lincoln Center and some of the surrounding area including the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Ave.   Special Lincoln Square District Zoning NYC New...

Special Midtown District Zoning NYC

Special Midtown District Zoning NYC

  In NYC the Manhattan Special Midtown District has special zoning regulations that allow for some of the largest buildings in New York.   Special Midtown District In my opinion the Special Midtown District is the most complicated zoning in NYC. In this...

Qualifying Ground Floor

A Qualifying Ground Floor is a building who's second floor is at least 13 feet above curb level. The NYC Zoning Resolution has certain code benefits for these types of buildings.   Qualifying Ground Floor In New York City Zoning the Qualifying Ground Floor only...

Plaza Bonus NYC Zoning

In NYC developing a public plaza can result in a zoning bonus allowing additional floor area for a building in certain zoning districts. The Zoning District will determine if this option is available and what extend of bonus will be allowed.   NYC Zoning Plaza...

Open Space Ratio

Open Space Ratio is a Zoning term for the amount of open area on a zoning lot in the form of a percentage relative to the building square footage. A 10,000 square foot building with an Open Space Ration of 20% would have 2,000 square feet of open space.   Open...

Non-Conforming vs Non-Complying Zoning

In Zoning a Non-Conforming Use is a legal existing use that does not conform with the allowed Zoning Uses for its district. A Non Complying Building is a legal existing building who's bulk does not comply with the Zoning District's Bulk Requirements for example floor...

Manhattan Core Zoning

The Manhattan Core is a Zoning Term in reference to the areas of Manhattan in Community Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.   Manhattan Core The Manhattan Core is a used in Zoning to distinguish parts of Manhattan for special regulations. Specifically New York...

Lower Density Growth Management Area

The Lower Density Growth Management Areas are certain zoning districts within Staten island and Part of The Bronx where additional zoning codes exist to limit development and prevent an increase to the density of the neighborhoods. This is meant to limit what was...