The City Planning Commission unanimously passed the massive rezoning of 368 blocks in Jamaica last week, as the plan heads to the City Council for final approval.
But neighborhood advocates said the current proposal still needs work.
The plan was already modified by the Department of City Planning and included downzoning sections of Jamaica and Liberty avenues and Merrick Boulevard.
The modifications also downzoned a small piece of Hillside Avenue, although community leaders said the adjustments were not sufficient.
Paul Graziano, an independent urban planning consultant from Flushing, said there are many areas of concern in the plan, which he believes attempts too many sweeping changes at the same time.
“The City Council will not support it the way it is now,” he said. “The question is, how much will they change it?”
Genie Rudmann, chairwoman of Community Board 12’s Ad Hoc Committee of the Rezoning of Downtown Jamaica, said the group will push for specific changes.
The waste transfer stations in the manufacturing district near Jamaica and Liberty avenues are particularly important, she said. The current plan would increase the bulk allowed for the stations, which residents worry will create health hazards and tarnish the reputations of the neighborhood.
Hillside Avenue is also a major concern.
“Hillside Avenue basically is very unacceptable,” Rudmann said, “so unacceptable the Ad Hoc Committee thinks it needs to be removed from the plan.”
She added that if the City Council approves the current plan, it will set a bad precedent for future rezonings and cause a decline in quality of life.
She asked: “New York is a very desirable place to live, but for who?”
Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) represents a small piece of Hillside Avenue that is being contested. He is optimistic that the City Council will make the necessary changes.
“There’ll be some accommodations there,” he said of Hillside Avenue. “The view of Community Board 8 that voted against that portion will be taken into consideration.”
Councilman James Gennaro, (D-Fresh Meadows) who represents the entire corridor, said: “At the end of the day, the appropropriate balance will be struck between creating some opportunities, but that will balance the need to not overburden Hillside Avenue.”