City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
189444
Work Completed
Nov 23, 2010 7:00 PM

II.2 That the City Solicitor Summarize What is in the Zoning Code and Code of Ordinances that Limits, Controls or Restricts Paved Surfaces on Private Property in the City and Report the Findings to the Committee on Parks and Open Space.

Information

Department:Parks and Open Space Special CommitteeSponsors:Ward Two Alderman Maryann M. Heuston
Category:Board CommunicationFunctions:Order

Body

That the City Solicitor summarize what is in the zoning code and code of ordinances that limits, controls or restricts paved surfaces on private property in the city and report the findings to the Committee on Parks and Open Space.

Meeting History

May 13, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED BY VOICE VOTE
Jun 7, 2010 6:00 PM  Parks and Open Space Special Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

The committee discussed the minimum landscape requirement in the current zoning by-laws and how it could be used to prevent asphalt from being used. Alderman Heuston suggested that research be done to determine how other cities and towns deal with this issue and said that she does not like gardens being turned into parking lots, she does not want owners of 2 and 3 family homes paving their yards and she wants to control large residential developments from paving parking surfaces. Chairman Gewirtz would like the zoning code to be more specific as to the definition of landscaped areas and she does not want to stop making policy because OSPCD has a vision and plan.

Sep 27, 2010 7:00 PM  Parks and Open Space Special Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

The committee was presented with an overview of the City of Lowell’s Paving Contractor and Permit System. Under this plan, the responsible party, i.e., the contractor, is responsible for obtaining the necessary permit(s). The committee requested that a copy of Lowell’s ordinance be provided to the committee.

Chairman Gewirtz’s motion that the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development provide the Committee on Parks and Open Space with the existing regulations governing runoff under the state standards, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 10/25/2010 6:00 PM
Oct 25, 2010 6:00 PM  Parks and Open Space Special Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

See discussion of Item # 189121, above.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 11/22/2010 6:00 PM
Nov 22, 2010 6:00 PM  Parks and Open Space Special Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

See discussion of Item # 190212, below.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Nov 23, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED