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CIVITAS Proposes New C1-9X Zoning District for Upper East Side

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

CIVITAS C1-9X Zoning Analysis


Following hot on the heels of CIVITAS’s recommendations for ZQA and MIH, and in light of increased development of “supertall” towers within the Upper East Side, CIVITAS and consultant BFJ Planning have studied the possibility of a new, contextual zoning designation for Upper East Side avenues. The resulting report recommends that a new zoning designation, C1-9X, be implemented on York, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues within Community District 8.


This new designation would create a new height limit of 400 feet, preventing additional “supertalls” along the avenues. Additionally, C1-9X would require setbacks set between 65 and 80 feet in Quality Housing developments, much more in line with existing construction in the neighborhood. 



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