Now that the colossal Jamaica rezoning plan has been finalized, Southeast Queens residents are hoping focus will be directed to their neighborhoods’ rezoning plans.
Irnel Stephen, president of the Rosedale Civic Association, said movement on the rezoning of Rosedale is stalled.
He blames lack of community involvement.
“There are so many people who come and complain and then we couldn’t get volunteers,” he said of the community’s plan to conduct a survey of the neighborhood’s housing stock. When Stephen failed to round up about 25 volunteers last summer, the project was abandoned.
But Paul Graziano, an independent urban planner who submitted a rezoning proposal for Rosedale to the Department of City Planning two years ago, points to the city as the problem.
“They haven’t done anything. All these neighborhoods have been waiting for two years,” he said, adding that the Laurelton plan remains stagnant, as do plans for the Rockaways.
Graziano’s Rosedale plan called for an R2A zone, a recently created type of zoning that puts stricter limitations on building expansion. It has been adopted in neighborhoods like Bayside and Douglaston.
Stephen noted that the community wants an R2A zone, though it is unclear when it will happen.
City Planning did not return a call for information on the status of the Rosedale plan.