East Harlem Land Use & Rezoning Initiative



East Harlem Land Use & Rezoning Initiative


Community Board 11 has recognized the need for improved and up-to-date zoning in our community.  The area between Madison and Lexington Avenues and 115th and 132nd Streets (excluding the 125th Street corridor) has not been rezoned since 1961.


Recognizing the need to plan for the future of our community, Community Board 11’s Zoning Task Force has been working with CIVITAS, a non-profit organization, to bring in better zoning.  Community Board 11 and CIVITAS have worked together on multiple rezonings over three decades.  


Through our work together in the current rezoning plan, we have identified the following key goals for new zoning in East Harlem:


  • Plan for economic opportunities on vacant lots, including the Park Avenue corridor
  • Create opportunities for affordable housing 
  • Encourage appropriate height limits, uses, density and zoning in mid-blocks and on avenues 


CIVITAS has brought in the professional expertise of zoning consulatants Insight Associates and George Janes Associates to help develop recommendations for the rezoning.


On January 15, 2013, Community Board 11 voted to accept the East Harlem Land Use  & Rezoning Initiative Draft Zoning Recommendation as presented by the zoning consultants. A copy of the presentation of the recommndations is listed below:


East Harlem Land Use & Rezoning Initiative Final Recommendations    



To learn more about zoning and this rezoning effort click on the links below


The NYC Department of City Planning provides detailed information on about zoning, the zoning process,  zoning tools, zoning districts, and a glossary of zoning terms.



News and media links:



East Harlem Community Board Favors Hybrid Zoning Plan, DNAinfo, Dec. 11, 2012


New Zoning Eyed for East HarlemNew York Daily News, Oct. 25, 2012


East Harlem Plans for Future With Rezoning Proposals, DNAinfo, Oct. 25, 2012






EH Land Use & Rezoning Initiative Final Recommendations 5-1-13.pdf2.65 MB


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