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Pelham Village Proposed Zoning Changes

In 2012, the Village of Pelham Mayor and Trustees proposed zoning changes that would have increased the allowable height of buildings on Wolfs Lane, Fifth Avenue, Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.  The changes were particularly significant on Fourth Avenue, changing what it is currently a residential zone to become part of the commercial district.
While the Pelham Preservation Society supports new development that would enhance our downtown, we adopted a resolution opposing these substantial and meaningful changes in height, density and allowable uses because they would have harmed property values and the quality of life on Fourth Avenue and, indeed, the entire neighborhood.  The changes proposed would also have allowed for a major new rental apartment building with 110 units that, while producing some new tax revenue, would have eliminated a parking facility that generates revenue for the village while also potentially adding a number of school age children that could have exceeded the capacity of the school district's facilities.

Following is a summary of some of the previously proposed zoning changes:

  • On Fourth Avenue (east side from First St to Lincoln):
    • raising the heigh limit from 40 feet or 3 stories to 5 floors or 57 feet, plus a bonus floor if a developer adds 25 parking spaces;
    • changing the allowable uses from residential to no longer allow single-family homes, but to permit offices, restaurants, bars, healthcare facilities and daycare centers and the back entrances to a long list of retail uses, including nail salon, pet shop, tanning salon, cigar and smoke shops, etc.;
    • eliminating side yard and rear yard set backs and requirements and reducing front yard set backs from 20 feet to 10 feet.
  • On Wolfs Lane, raising the height limit from 40 feet to 46 feet, plus a bonus floor if a developer adds 25 parking spaces.
  • On Fifth Avenue (west side from First to Lincoln):  raising the height limit from 4 floors or 48 feet to 5 floors or 57 feet, plus a bonus floor if a developer adds 25 parking spaces.

In all of the above areas, allowing for 100% lot coverage (where the code currently limits lot coverage to 70% for residential uses and 86% for non-residential uses) and reducing the parking requirements for multi-family buildings from 1.5 parking spaces per dwelling unit to 1 parking space per unit