City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Work Completed
Mar 24, 2011 7:00 PM

That the City Solicitor Draft an Ordinance to Regulate and Require Permits for Paving on Residential and Commercial Properties.


Department:City CouncilSponsors:Ward Two Alderman Maryann M. Heuston

Official Text

That the City Solicitor draft an ordinance to regulate and require permits for paving on residential and commercial properties.


Meeting History

Sep 7, 2010 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
Mar 22, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Proakis gave an overview of the ordinance. At the present time, there is no incentive provided for the installation of permeable driveways nor is there a way for the city to regulate run off from private properties. Run off from impervious surfaces overburden sewer and drainage systems, impact neighboring properties, increase temperatures and are generally unsightly to the community. OSPCD has developed a comprehensive ordinance to address the areas of permitting, registration, limiting run off and curb cuts. As proposed, the City Engineer will establish regulations and the Inspectional Services Department will issue permits. A registration system would be established and contractors would be required to post bonds to perform work. No impervious area may be constructed if it would increase the amount of stormwater runoff. A fine structure has been proposed for instances where a property owner paves without first securing a permit. The committee requested that Mr. Proakis report back on the number of curb cut permit requests.

Residents addressed the committee on this subject expressing concern about regulating the number of cars that would be allowed to park on a property, regulating drainage to prevent it from running onto a neighbor's property and permits for the removal of a cement driveway.

Mar 24, 2011 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting