Zoning Code Updates at the City Council Work Session

Liz Fields, from McBride Dale Clairion (MDC) presented the most recent Zoning Code Updates to City Council on Thursday, April 28, 2022, focusing on the current phase of the project and how Brooklyn’s Zoning Code will align with the city’s Master Plan.

Watch Liz’s presentation to City Council in the video below.

Consultants Update Brooklyn Council on Zoning Rewrite

On Monday, February 7, 2022, Liz Fields from McBride Dale Clarion (MDC) updated Brooklyn City Council about recent progress on the City of Brooklyn’s Planning and Zoning Code Update, focusing on their most recent work on the city’s land use districts and uses.

Watch Liz’s presentation to City Council in the video below.

Limited Industrial (L-I) & General Industrial (G-I)

Some parcels are proposed to be rezoned to reflect current uses and the zoning of adjacent parcels. Certain uses that were not previously addressed in Brooklyn’s zoning code have been added, revised, or clarified.

Explanation

Map of Districts

Use Updates

Limited Industrial (L-I) & General Industrial (G-I)
  • A few parcels are proposed to be rezoned based on existing or planned uses and adjacent zoning designations
  • New, revised, or clarified uses that were not addressed previously in the city’s code
    • Distribution, fulfillment, and warehousing uses
    • Manufacturing – distinguishing between artisan, light, and heavy

District Uses

Limited Industrial (L-I) District Uses
General Industrial (G-I) District Uses

Dwelling House (D-H), Apartment House (A-H) & Multi-Family Planned Development (MF-PD)

There are no new proposed dwelling-house, apartment-house, or multi-family-planned-development districts. Several uses that were not previously addressed in the city’s code, however, have been proposed.

Introduction
Map of Districts
Use Updates
Dwelling House (D-H), Apartment House (A-H) & Multi-Family Planned Development (MF-PD)
  • NO NEW AREAS PROPOSED
  • New, revised, or clarified uses that were not addressed previously in the city’s code
    • Live/work dwellings (A-H & MF-PD zones only)
    • Townhomes (attached single family)
    • Accessory dwellings
    • Residential facilities and treatment facilities (required by state and federal fair housing laws)
    • Bed and breakfasts
District Uses
Dwelling House (D-H) District Uses
Apartment House (A-H) District Uses
Multi-Family Planned Development (MF-PD) District Uses

Retail Business (R-B) & General Business (G-B)

Some parcels are proposed to be rezoned to reflect current uses and the zoning of adjacent parcels. Certain uses that were not previously addressed in Brooklyn’s zoning code have been added, revised, or clarified.

Introduction
Map of Districts
Use Updates
Retail Business (R-B) & General Business (G-B)
  • A few parcels are proposed to be rezoned based on existing uses and adjacent zoning designations
  • New, revised, or clarified uses that were not addressed previously in the city’s code
    • Live/work dwellings (R-B only)
    • Multi-family residential (will only be allowed in areas identified for this use in the master plan, and will be subject to design standards)
    • Animal training, boarding, and pet day cares
    • Breweries and distilleries
    • Conference centers
    • Mixed use buildings and developments
    • Distinguishing discount stores and vape stores from other retail establishments
District Uses
Retail Business (R-B) District Uses
General Business (G-B) District Uses

Single Family Dwelling House (SF-DH) and Public Facilities & Open Space (PFO)

There are no new single-family dwelling house districts proposed for Brooklyn, but specific single-family dwelling house parcels have been selected to be rezoned to create a new Public Facilities and Open Space District.

Introduction
Map of Districts
Use Updates
Single Family Dwelling House (SF-DH)
  • NO NEW RESIDENTIAL AREA PROPOSED
  • Select SF-DH parcels proposed to be rezoned to Public Facilities and Open Space (as shown on the map)
  • New, revised or clarified uses that were not addressed previously in the zoning code:
    • Accessory dwellings
    • Residential facilities and treatment facilities (required by state and federal fair housing laws)
  • Cemeteries
Public Facilities & Open Space (PFO)
  • NEW PROPOSED DISTRICT to be located on land dedicated for schools, government buildings, large-scale churches, libraries, parks, preservation areas, etc.
  • Permitted uses are public and institutional uses
District Uses
Single Family Dwelling House District Uses
Public Facilities & Open Space District Uses