Frequently Asked Questions
01. Why should I care about the Waterfront Overlay District?”
02. How can I participate in the creation of the Waterfront Overlay District?
03. What is the Waterfront Overlay Zoning?
04. What is form based zoning?
05. Will the zoning limit what I can do with my property?
06. Will there be any impacts to the city and our environment?
Why should I care about the Waterfront Overlay District?
New Rochelle is fortunate to have a beautiful shoreline. However, most of the shoreline is occupied by industrial use, private beach clubs, and underutilized parks. The new Waterfront Overlay District occupies an area where the shoreline comes closest to the Downtown Overlay District. Currently occupied by commercial uses that do not take advantage of the water, the area has an opportunity to be transformed into a vibrant place where the downtown meets the water, a place where the people of New Rochelle can access the beautiful Long Island Sound. The New Waterfront Overlay District will knit Five Islands Park and the Marina to create a strong waterfront civic identity for New Rochelle.
How can I participate in the creation of the Waterfront Overlay District?
We organized series of community outreach events where people will be able to come and voice their opinions. You can find the next event here or by clicking on the community tab on the menu. The events will serve as our primary way of engaging the community.
For those who will not be able to physically join us at the meeting, we have created a survey platform, which will allow you to voice your opinions. Our goal is to reach as much of New Rochelle as possible. The results will be shared and discussed in our meetings.
For those who would like to leave more detailed feedback, you can send a message through our contact page. We are always eager to hear your thoughts and opinions.
What is the Waterfront Overlay Zoning?
The primary way the Waterfront Overlay District will be created is through the formation of a Waterfront Overlay Zoning (WOZ). The new zoning will incentivize owners to develop buildings in manner that create a cohesive waterfront experience for the public. The WOZ is an overlay zone, which means the existing zoning remain, allowing the owners of the area to have the option to opt in or to remaining with the old zoning.
What is form based zoning?
The new Waterfront Overlay Zoning, like the Downtown Overlay Zoning, will use form based zoning. Form-based zoning uses physical form rather than uses to organize our built environment. It has been largely recognized as fostering a high-quality public realm and will help us shape a beautiful waterfront. Form-based codes address the relationship between buildings and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks.
Will the zoning limit what I can do with my property?
As an overlay zone, the owners in the WOZ will have the option to use the existing zoning. The WOZ is an incentive based approach and will not be compulsory.
6. Will there be any impacts to the city and our environment?
After a zoning proposal has been made, the proposal will go through a yearlong rigorous study called the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS), a state mandated process, which studies impacts of the new zoning proposal. Only after the proposal can mitigate all potential impacts will the proposal be accepted by the city.
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