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Chapter 4 Special Governors Island District (GI)

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134-00 General Purposes
The "Special Governors Island District" established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect public health, safety and general welfare. These goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:
  1. to promote public use and enjoyment of the Island as a recreational destination that draws upon its location in New York Harbor with singular views and natural beauty;
  2. to encourage educational and cultural uses such as the arts, music and dance which bring the public to the Island to enjoy cultural events in a unique setting of historic buildings and green spaces;
  3. to promote public use of the Island for water-related recreational and educational activities that benefit from the unique Island setting;
  4. to preserve historic buildings in the historic district and encourage their renovation and redevelopment for appropriate educational, cultural and commercial uses;
  5. to facilitate commercial uses including, but not limited to, hotels, restaurants, retail, arts and crafts galleries and related uses that are compatible with the educational, cultural and recreational uses of the Island and with the primary use of the Island by the public as a recreational resource;
  6. to provide additional opportunities for new development in defined areas of the southern part of the Island with connections to and an appropriate relationship with publicly accessible open spaces and the Governors Island Historic District;
  7. to provide flexibility of architectural design within limits established to preserve views and activate buildings along publicly accessible open spaces;
  8. to create a network of publicly accessible open spaces that provides pedestrian connections and view corridors and provides a community amenity that takes advantage of the unique geography of the Island; and
  9. to promote the most desirable use of land and thus conserve the value of land and buildings, and thereby protect the City's tax revenues.
134-01 General Provisions
The provisions of this Chapter shall apply within the Special Governors Island District. Except as modified by the express provisions of the Special Governors Island District, the regulations of the underlying zoning districts shall remain in effect. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and the other regulations of this Resolution, the provisions of this Chapter shall control. However, in flood zones, in the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and the provisions of Article VI, Chapter 4 (Special Regulations Applying in Flood Hazard Areas), the provisions of Article VI, Chapter 4, shall control.
134-02 District Plan and Maps
The regulations of this Chapter are designed to implement the Special Governors Island District Plan.
The District Plan includes the following maps in the Appendix to this Chapter:
Map 1. Special Governors Island District, Subdistricts and Subareas

Map 2. Building Parcels, Primary Connection Locations and Esplanade

Map 3. Secondary Connection Locations

Map 4. Maximum Base Heights and Setbacks
The maps are hereby incorporated and made part of this Resolution. They are incorporated for the purpose of specifying locations where special regulations and requirements set forth in the text of this Chapter apply.
134-03 Subdistricts and Subareas
The provisions of Article VI, Chapter 2 (Special Regulations Applying in the Waterfront Area) shall not apply, except as set forth in Section 134-22 (Special Height and Setback Regulations).
In order to carry out the provisions of this Chapter, two subdistricts are established, as follows:
Northern Subdistrict

Southern Subdistrict
In each of these Subdistricts, certain special regulations apply which do not apply within the remainder of the Special Governors Island District. Within the Southern Subdistrict, three subareas are established, as follows:
Eastern Subarea
Containing building parcels E-1 through E-4
Western Subarea
Containing building parcel W-1
Open Space Subarea
The location and boundaries of the subdistricts, subareas, and building parcels are shown on Maps 1 and 2 in the Appendix to this Chapter.
134-04 Definitions
Definitions specifically applicable to this Chapter are set forth in this Section. The definition of other defined terms is set forth in Section 12-10 (Definitions).

 
Building parcel
A "building parcel" is a portion of the zoning lot located within the Eastern Subarea or Western Subarea that is bounded on each side by primary connections, subarea boundaries or Yankee Pier Plaza. For the purposes of applying the regulations of this Resolution, other than floor area ratio, the boundary of any building parcel shall be considered a street line and a wall or portion of a wall of a building facing such street line shall be considered a street wall.

 
Esplanade
The "esplanade" is that portion of the Open Space Subarea along the shoreline identified on Map 2 in the Appendix to this Chapter, that includes the public way existing as of May 27, 2021.

 
Primary connection
A "primary connection" is a public way within one of the primary connection locations shown on Map 2 in the Appendix to this Chapter, that complies with the requirements of Section 134-41 (Primary Connections).

 
Secondary connection
A "secondary connection" is a public way within one of the secondary connection locations shown on Map 3 in the Appendix to this Chapter, that complies with the requirements of Section 134-42 (Secondary Connections).

 
Yankee Pier Plaza
The "Yankee Pier Plaza" is the portion of the Eastern Subarea designated to contain a publicly accessible open space, as shown on Map 2, that complies with the requirements of Section 134-43 (Yankee Pier Plaza).
134-05 Applicability of Article VI, Chapter 2
The provisions of Article VI, Chapter 2 (Special Regulations Applying in the Waterfront Area) shall not apply within the Special Governors Island District.
134-06 Applicability of Article VII, Chapter 6
The provisions of Section 76-145 (Boundary Line Coinciding With Parks, Cemeteries or Navigable Waters) shall be modified such that where the zoning district boundaries shown on the applicable zoning map coincide with the shoreline, such zoning district boundaries shall be deemed to extend beyond the shoreline to also include any piers contained within the Special Governors Island District.
134-10 Special Use Regulations
The use regulations of the underlying districts are hereby superseded, modified or supplemented as set forth in this Section, inclusive
134-11 Permitted Uses
134-111 Permitted Uses in Subdistricts
In the Northern Subdistrict and the Southern Subdistrict, the following uses shall be permitted, except as otherwise specified in Section 134-112 (Permitted uses in the Open Space Subarea). In addition, in the Northern Subdistrict, the provisions of Section 134-14 (Certification for Large Commercial Establishments) shall apply to any commercial use exceeding 7,500 square feet of floor area.

From Use Groups 1 through 4, as set forth in Sections 22-11 through 22-14:

All uses.

From Use Group 5, as set forth in Section 32-14:

All uses, where permitted pursuant to Section 32-02 (Special Provisions for Hotels).

From Use Group 6, as set forth in Section 32-15:
All uses, except automobile supply stores, drive-in banks, carpet, rug, linoleum or other floor covering stores, furniture stores, loan offices, medical or orthopedic appliance stores, paint stores, sewing machine stores or typewriter stores.

From Use Group 7, as set forth in Section 32-16:

All uses in Use Group 7A, where permitted pursuant to Section 32-02 (Special Provisions for Hotels).

From Use Group 7B: bicycle rental or repair shops, sailmaking establishments, and sign painting shops, limited to 2,500 square feet of floor area per establishment.

From Use Group 8A, as set forth in Section 32-17:

All uses.

From Use Group 9A, as set forth in Section 32-18:

All uses, except automobile, motorcycle, trailer or boat showrooms or sales, with no repair services and with no preparation of vehicles or boats for delivery, blueprinting or photostatting establishments, musical instrument repair shops, plumbing, heating or ventilating equipment showrooms, without repair facilities, typewriter or other small business machine sales, rental or repairs, or umbrella repair shops.

From Use Group 10A, as set forth in Section 32-19:

Docks for ferries, other than gambling vessels, with no restriction on passenger load; eating or drinking places, without restrictions on entertainment or dancing, but limited to location in hotels; photographic or motion picture production studios; and radio or television studios.

Additionally, in the Southern Subdistrict only, carpet, rug, linoleum or other floor covering stores, with no limitation on floor area per establishment; and furniture stores, with no limitation on floor area per establishment.

From Use Group 11A, as set forth in Section 32-20:

In the Northern Subdistrict: all uses, except for medical, dental, drafting instruments, optical goods, or similar precision instruments; or orthopedic or medical appliances custom manufacturing.

In the Southern Subdistrict: all uses.

From Use Group 12, as set forth in Section 32-21:

In the Northern Subdistrict, from Use Group 12A: all uses, except for eating or drinking establishments with entertainment and a capacity of more than 200 persons, or of any capacity with dancing; stadiums or trade expositions.

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 12A: all uses, except stadiums

In the Northern and Southern Subdistricts, from Use Groups 12B and 12C: all uses.

From Use Groups 13 and 14, as set forth in Sections 32-22 and 32-23:

All uses.

From Use Group 15, as set forth in Section 32-24:

Merry-go-rounds.

From Use Group 16, as set forth in Section 32-25:

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 16A: carpentry, custom woodworking or custom furniture making shops.

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 16C: warehouses.

From Use Group 17, as set forth in Section 42-14:         

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 17B: research, experimental or testing laboratories; furniture manufacture; manufacture of pharmaceutical products, chemical compounding or packaging; manufacture of non-alcoholic beverages; food product manufacture (except slaughtering of meat or preparation of fish for packing); building and repair of boats of less than 200 feet in length.

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 17C: electric utility substations, enclosed, with no limitation as to size; and docks for vessels, other than passenger ocean vessels or gambling vessels.

From Use Group 18, as set forth in Section 42-15:

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 18A: the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and breweries, without limitation on size; sewage disposal plants.

In the Southern Subdistrict, from Use Group 18B: marine transfer stations.
Transit facilities, open or enclosed.
Accessory uses, open or enclosed.



134-112 Permitted Uses in the Open Space Subarea
In the Open Space Subarea of the Southern Subdistrict, the following uses shall be permitted.
  1. In locations of the Open Space Subarea other than piers, uses shall be limited to:

    From Use Group 4, as set forth in Section 22-14:

    Public parks or playgrounds or private parks.

    From Use Group 6A, as set forth in Section 32-15:

    Eating or drinking establishments with entertainment but not dancing, with a capacity of 200 persons or fewer.

    From Use Group 13, as set forth in Section 32-22:

    All open uses in Use Group 13A.

    Transit facilities, open or enclosed.

    Accessory uses, open or enclosed.

    Uses otherwise permitted in the Southern Subdistrict pursuant to Section 134-111 (Permitted uses in subdistricts) may be located in cellars within the Open Space Subarea.
  2. On any pier in the Open Space Subarea, uses shall be limited to the following:

From Use Group 4, as set forth in Section 22-14:

Clubs, limited to non-profit private beach clubs and non-profit private boat clubs.

From Use Group 6, as set forth in Section 32-15:

Docks for water taxis, with a vessel capacity of up to 99 passengers.

From Use Group 7, as set forth in Section 32-16:

Boatels, where permitted pursuant to Section 32-02 (Special Provisions for Hotels).

From Use Group 9, as set forth in Section 32-18:

Docks for sightseeing, excursion or sport fishing vessels, other than gambling vessels.

From Use Group 10, as set forth in Section 32-19:

Docks for ferries, other than gambling vessels, with no restriction on passenger load.

From Use Group 14, as set forth in Section 32-23:

Boat launching facilities for non-commercial pleasure boats; boat rental establishments, open or enclosed; boat storage, repair, or painting establishments.

From Use Group 16, as set forth in Section 32-25:

Warehouses.

From Use Group 18, as set forth in Section 42-15:

Sewage disposal plants; marine transfer stations.

Accessory uses, open or enclosed.
134-12 Applicability of Performance Standards
In all districts, any use listed in Use Group 16, 17, or 18 shall conform to the performance standards for M1 Districts as set forth in Sections 42-20 and 42-28, inclusive, except that the provisions of Section 42-27 (Performance Standards Regulating Fire and Explosive Hazards) shall not apply to the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and breweries.
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