City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190781
Placed on File
Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM

39 Requesting an amendment to the Code of Ordinances to establish regulations for paving driveways and other impervious surfaces.

Information

Department:Planning & Zoning & Historic PreservationSponsors:
Category:Mayor's RequestFunctions:Ordinance

Body

Dear Honorable Board of Aldermen:

 

Staff from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) in collaboration with the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works and the Law Department have prepared a proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinances to establish regulations for the paving of driveways and other impervious surfaces.  This ordinance works in conjunction with a proposed amendment to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance to establish a minimum pervious area on lots in the RA, RB and RC zoning district.

 

The proposed ordinance authorizes the City Engineer, in conjunction with the Inspectional Services Division, to establish and manage a permit program for applicants seeking to create or expand driveway or impervious surfaces on their lots.  The proposed ordinance also creates a process for registration of paving contractors and regulates runoff from new projects onto city streets and adjacent properties. 

 

Staff from OSPCD and Engineering will be available if you have any questions regarding these materials.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joseph A. Curtatone

Mayor

 

 

Meeting History

Jan 27, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Mar 22, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 3, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 10, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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Mr. Boukili assured the committee that appropriate recognition would be afforded to members of the public who were instrumental with putting this item forward. A joint meeting of the Land Use, Legislative Matters and Parks and Open Space Committees will be scheduled for June 6th to discuss this item further.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jun 6, 2011 8:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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The members discussed the proposed changes to the ordinance and reviewed a new application to be used for curb cuts and driveway modifications. A component of the application is a requirement for any contractor approved to construct or modify a driveway in the City of Somerville to execute a bond, most likely in the amount of $10,000. Additionally, a scaled drawing of the planned work must be provided. The city will make a concerted effort to apprise contractors of the new regulations and the effective date. Mr. Proakis advised that any questions relating to permits should be addressed to the Inspectional Services Department.

The committee requested that representatives from OSPCD and the DPW, along with the City Engineer, present the committee with new proposals on this matter in September.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Oct 11, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Dec 15, 2011 6:30 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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This item will remain in committee to be discussed with the impervious surface zoning amendment.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Feb 7, 2012 6:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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The Clerk of Committees will contact the Planning Board to inquire if a vote has been taken on a zoning change relative to this item. Should the Planning Board vote to approve a change, this committee would schedule a joint meeting with the Committee on Land Use to discuss the issue.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 21, 2012 6:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
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Mr. Proakis provided some background information and discussed how this item was processed through the Planning and Engineering Departments. He spoke about driveway construction, the need to adjust the fee structure and contractor registration and bonding. Mr. King explained the differences between 1-3 family properties and commercial properties. The committee discussed how property owners could repave existing driveways and whether this ordinance might create a hardship for property owners. Curb cuts on corner lots were also discussed as well as the possibility of grandfathering properties that already have impervious surfaces. Mr. Proakis pointed out that the proposed rules would not trigger if a property owner was not making a change to the surface. Alderman Gewirtz favors a special permit process to deal with this subject.

Alderman White’s motion to accept the amendment, deleting of the compacted gravel, was approved

Alderman White’s motion to approve the proposed changes, subject to the approval of the proposed ordinance, was approved.

Alderman White’s motion to approve Part A on page 12 of the handout, was approved.

Alderman Connolly’s motion that the bonding fee for contractors be set at $2,500, or an amount to be determined, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 2, 2012 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. King reviewed changes to the ordinance with the committee.

RESULT:APPROVED AS AMENDED
Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting

See #192932, Ordained as an updated version.

RESULT:PLACED ON FILE