NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R6A

R6A districts differ from R6 districts primarily in greater lot coverage and modified height and setback regulations. These typically produce six-story apartment buildings designed to be compatible with existing buildings found in older neighborhoods. The R6A district is mapped primarily in Brooklyn and Queens; Prospect Park Southwest in Brooklyn is a typical R6A street.

The FAR in R6A districts is 3.0. The street wall of a building must be located within a mandated front wall setback area of eight feet on a wide street or 15 feet on a narrow street. The maximum building height is determined by the building envelope which may not be penetrated by the building. The building envelope is controlled by the intersection of front and rear sky exposure planes that rise according to a specific ratio. The Quality Housing Program is mandatory in R6A districts.

Basic Data

R6A: General residence district

Maximum FAR: 3.0
Maximum lot coverage:
Corner lot. 80%
Interior lot or through-lot. 65%
Maximum front wall setback:
Wide street: 8 feet
Narrow street: 15 feet
Minimum lot area per DU: 227 square feet
Maximum DUs per acre: 192
Required parking: One per dwelling unit or 50% of dwelling units if grouped
Quality Housing Program: Mandatory

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