from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reduce (density of housing or permitted expansion of construction) in a designated neighborhood: proposed to downzone residential areas near the shore.
  • intransitive v. To reduce the permitted density of housing or the degree of proposed new construction in a designated neighborhood: the city's complex plan to downzone.

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  • v. To change an area or property to a less restrictive zoning


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down +‎ zoning


  • Much has been done: The 37-story Ariel East and 31-story Ariel West condos at 100th Street and Broadway, which prompted the creation of groups like Stop Extell and Westsiders for Responsible Development, and spurred the city to downzone a chunk of the Upper West Side; the Ariels are nearly all sold and carry no debt, Mr. Barnett said.

    The Busiest Man in New York Real Estate

  • A City Planning spokeswoman confirmed that the agency planned to downzone the neighborhood.

    City Plans To Rezone Far West Village

  • Some good citizens and one City Councilman participated in a rally at Borough Hall in support of the drive to downzone Carroll Gardens.

    Some Stuff That's Interesting

  • Gloss over the areas that you are pretending to downzone but are really upzoning.

    Queens Crap

  • Martha was a principal proponent of 2002's Measure P, an initiative to downzone major streets that was defeated citywide by an 80%-20% supermajority which chose not to pre-empt the Council's traditional responsibilities.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • Potential zoning changes in rural areas would downzone hundreds of acres throughout Whatcom

    The Bellingham Herald: Sports News

  • In response to cries of betrayal, City Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito, with the support of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, announced in October that she would begin applying to downzone the JHL property herself, rather than wait for JHL to take care of it once the Chetrit deal is finished.

    Columbia Daily Spectator

  • Glory Ann Kerstein, president of the Duke Ellington Boulevard Neighborhood Association-which fought for the original downzone - said she did not trust the restrictive declaration, but also expressed concerns about the status of Mark-Viverito's plan.

    Columbia Daily Spectator

  • In 2007, community activists organized a sweeping downzone of the Manhattan Valley neighborhood, to limit tall developments.

    Columbia Daily Spectator

  • CB7 member Sheldon Fine said that paying for an immediate downzone seemed unnecessary.

    Columbia Daily Spectator


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