For over a year, the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association (COWNA) has been working on a plan to have a big chunk of the neighborhood rezoned from R6 zoning to R6B, which in summary means that all new developments will have to fit into the neighborhood's existing context (i.e. through stricter building height and setback requirements).
As of this week, all of the hard work that COWNA has put into this plan has paid off! Amanda Burden, the Director of City Planning has stated her support for the plan and will include the Columbia St. Waterfront's zoning change into the larger Carroll Gardens plan.
Read COWNA's release of this news here.
For aspiring Urban Planning nerds or anyone else who is generally interested, a crash course of the various Residential Zoning codes can be found here