City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
192255
Placed on File
Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM

27 Requesting an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to establish minimum pervious area requirements on lots in certain zoning districts.

Information

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

Body

To the Honorable Board:

 

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 Somerville Zoning Ordinance (SZO) to establish minimum pervious area requirements on lots in the RA, RB and RC zoning districts.  This ordinance works in conjunction with a proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinances to establish a permit process for paving and limits on stormwater runoff.

 

This ordinance was submitted last spring and again in September 2011, but the timeframe for action has passed, and it needs to be resubmitted.  The companion amendment to the Code of Ordinances remains in the Legislative Matters Committee.

 

As you may recall, the proposed ordinance creates a new definition of pervious area and sets requirements for minimum pervious area in the RA, RB and RC zoning districts.  Pervious areas may include areas of soil/mulch, vegetative matter, permeable pavers, green roofs, or other materials that allow for the passage of water.

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Meeting History

Nov 22, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting

Also referred to the Planning Board.

RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Dec 15, 2011 6:00 PM  Land Use Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 21, 2012 6:00 PM  Land Use Committee Committee Meeting

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 the mention of compacted gravel as a pervious surface, 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  Land Use Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Proakis provided a copy of the new ordinance and reviewed it with the members.

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

See #192931, Ordained as an updated version.

RESULT:PLACED ON FILE