Chapter 2 - Special Inwood District (In)
Note: All zoning regulations pertaining to the Special Inwood District Rezoning, which amended the Zoning Resolution (N 180205A ZRM) and Zoning Map (C 180204A ZMM), and which have been in effect since 8/8/18, are no longer in effect as of 12/19/19 per court order. For the applicable zoning designations currently in effect, please see zoning maps 1b, 1d, 3a, and 3c.
The "Special Inwood District" established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect public health, safety and general welfare. These general goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:
(a) to create a lively and attractive built environment that will provide amenities and services for the use and enjoyment of area residents, workers and visitors;
(b) to encourage well-designed development that complements and enhances the built character of the neighborhood;
(c) to enhance neighborhood economic diversity by broadening the range of housing choices for residents of varied incomes;
(d) to maintain and establish physical and visual public access to and along the waterfront;
(e) to promote the pedestrian orientation of ground floor uses in appropriate locations, and thus safeguard a traditional quality of higher density areas of the City;
(f) to take advantage of the waterfront along the Harlem River, Sherman Creek, and the North Cove and create a public open space network;
(g) to focus higher-density development in appropriate locations along wide, mixed-use corridors with good access to transit;
(h) to provide flexibility of architectural design within limits established to assure adequate access of light and air to streets and public access areas, and thus encourage more attractive and economic building forms; and
(i) to promote the most desirable use of land and development in accordance with the District Plan for the Inwood waterfront, and thus conserve and enhance the value of land and buildings, and thereby protect the City's tax revenues.
The provisions of this Chapter shall apply within the Special Inwood District. The regulations of all other Chapters of this Resolution are applicable, except as superseded, supplemented or modified by the provisions of this Chapter. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and 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.
The regulations of this Chapter are designed to implement the Special Inwood District Plan. The District Plan, including Map 1 (Special Inwood District — Subdistricts and Subareas), Map 2 (Special Inwood District — Ground Floor Use and Curb Cut Regulations), and Map 3 (Special Inwood District — Transit Easement Zones) is set forth in the Appendix to this Chapter and is hereby incorporated as part of this Resolution for the purpose of specifying locations where the special regulations and requirements set forth in this Chapter apply. In order to carry out the purposes and provisions of this Chapter, district maps are located in the Appendix to this Chapter and are hereby incorporated and made an integral part of this Resolution. They are incorporated for the purpose of specifying locations where special regulations and requirements, as set forth in the text of this Chapter, apply.
Map 1. Special Inwood District — Subdistricts and Subareas
Map 2. Special Inwood District — Ground Floor Use and Curb Cut Regulations
Map 3. Special Inwood District — Transit Easement Zones
Map 4. Waterfront Access Plan: Parcel Designation
Map 5. Waterfront Access Plan: Public Access Areas
Map 6. Waterfront Access Plan: Visual Corridors
In order to carry out the provisions of this Chapter, six subdistricts are established, as follows:
Sherman Creek Subdistrict A
Tip of Manhattan Subdistrict B
Library Subdistrict C
Upland Area Subdistrict D
Infrastructure Zone Subdistrict E
Commercial "U" Subdistrict F
In each of these subdistricts, certain special regulations apply which do not apply within the remainder of the Special Inwood District. Within certain subdistricts, subareas are established, as follows:
Within Sherman Creek Subdistrict A:
Within Tip of Manhattan Subdistrict B:
Within Upland Area Subdistrict D
The location and boundaries of subdistricts and subareas are outlined on Map 1 (Special Inwood District - Subdistricts and Subareas) in the Appendix to this Chapter.
Shoreline adjacent lot
For the purposes of this Chapter, a "shoreline adjacent lot" shall refer to a waterfront zoning lot with a shoreline length of more than 100 feet, or any zoning lot that has entered into a binding agreement to improve and maintain a waterfront public access area for an adjoining waterfront zoning lot.
In the Special Inwood District, except within Subdistrict F, any building containing residences, or any building containing long-term care facilities or philanthropic or non-profit institutions with sleeping accommodations, shall be developed or enlarged in accordance with the Quality Housing Program and the regulations of Article II, Chapter 8 shall apply. The bulk regulations of this Chapter shall be considered the applicable bulk regulations for Quality Housing buildings.
Within Subdistrict F, the provisions of Section 23-011 shall apply. Where the optional regulations for Quality Housing buildings are utilized, the regulations of Article II, Chapter 8 shall apply, and the bulk regulations of this Chapter shall be considered the applicable bulk regulations for Quality Housing buildings.
In M1 Districts paired with a Residence District, the special use, bulk and parking and loading provisions of Article XII, Chapter 3 (Special Mixed Use District) shall apply, except where modified by the provisions of this Chapter, and shall supplement or supersede the provisions of the designated Residence or M1 District, as applicable.
142-06 Modification of Use and Bulk Regulations for Zoning Lots Fronting on Former West 208th Street
Where the lot line of a zoning lot coincides with the former boundary of West 208th Street, as shown on Map 1 in the Appendix to this Chapter, such lot line shall be considered a street line for the purpose of applying all use and bulk regulations of this Resolution.
In Subarea A1, as shown on Map 1 (Special Inwood District — Subdistricts and Subareas) in the Appendix to this Chapter, when a volume above a street, or portion thereof, has been eliminated, discontinued or closed, such volume may, at the option of an owner of a zoning lot adjoining such volume, be considered part of the adjoining zoning lot, and a development or enlargement may be located within such volume that is part of or connected to a building on the adjoining zoning lot utilizing floor area generated by the adjoining zoning lot, provided that the street below the volume is provided with lighting in accordance with Department of Transportation standards. In no event shall such volume contribute to the amount of lot area of any zoning lot for the purposes of generating floor area.
For the purposes of this Chapter, the shoreline shall be as shown on a survey available on the Department of City Planning website.