The special permit for North Waterfront sites set forth in Section 128-61 is established in order to guide and encourage appropriate use and development in a unique location within the Special St. George District that serves as a gateway between Staten Island and Manhattan for both visitors and daily commuters. Redevelopment of the North Waterfront sites pursuant to this special permit provides an appropriate means to address the special characteristics of these sites, while accommodating their continuing transportation function, as part of their transformation into a regional destination that will contribute to the revitalization of the Special St. George District and surrounding area.

The special permit for buildings in R7-3 Districts set forth in Section 128-62 is established to allow modification of bulk regulations and mandatory improvements, except floor area ratio provisions, in order to encourage better site planning, and streetscapes that are consistent with the goals of the Special District.