City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
192607
Placed on File
Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM

15 Presenting the final draft of the SomerVision Comprehensive Plan.

Information

Department:Planning & Zoning & Historic PreservationSponsors:
Category:Mayor's CommunicationFunctions:Communication

Body

To the  Honorable Board,

 

I am pleased to present to you the draft of the SomerVision comprehensive plan.  As you are aware, this plan is the result of three years of healthy and productive dialogue about the kind of future we want to build.  It was created from conversations between residents, the business community, nonprofit groups and public officials from every neighborhood of our City.  It was led by a sixty-member steering committee that was nominated by my office, members of this Board, and key stakeholders from the business and non-profit community.  Furthermore, it was informed by a series of public meetings and sessions held in many venues over the past three years. 

 

SomerVision has created citywide consensus about our development agenda and raised our aspiration about the future of our city.  It encourages us to think big, and to plan and invest for the long-term.  It calls upon us to promote a sustainable, transit-oriented economy that generates a wide variety of job opportunities, fosters a dynamic business scene while preserving and enhancing the unique character of our neighborhoods and squares. 

 

SomerVision is based upon a shared set of values that reflect the way the City approaches diversity, community, economy accessibility, sustainability and innovation.  These shared values, and the action agenda they have inspired, come down to one overarching purpose: to make Somerville an even more exceptional place to live, work, play and raise a family. 

 

The Steering Committee’s final draft is attached.  This document includes the core chapters of the plan, including the values, vision and goals.  The proposed action steps, implementation plan and appendixes will also be submitted to the Board on Thursday.

 

My staff and the members of the Steering Committee will be answer any questions that you may have.

 

Respectfully submitted.

Meeting History

Feb 23, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Mar 29, 2012 6:00 PM  Land Use Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Proakis explained that although a vote by the Board of Aldermen is not required on this item, it is being presented for the Board’s endorsement. Mr. Proakis discussed the need for residential and commercial development, the goals, policies and actions of the Planning Department, the process of planning future land use, transportation and neighborhood conservation.

Alderman White expressed concern about increased residential density and the possibility of this plan being used against the City in litigation.

The committee requested that additional information, including the supporting data, be sent to the Board of Aldermen along with a summary of how the data was comprised. The committee also requested that a comparison of acreage between Somerville’s Innerbelt and Cambridge’s Kendall Square be provided.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 29, 2012 6:00 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Proakis explained that although a vote by the Board of Aldermen is not required on this item, it is being presented for the Board’s endorsement. Mr. Proakis discussed the need for residential and commercial development, the goals, policies and actions of the Planning Department, the process of planning future land use, transportation and neighborhood conservation.

Alderman White expressed concern about increased residential density and the possibility of this plan being used against the City in litigation.

The committee requested that additional information, including the supporting data, be sent to the Board of Aldermen along with a summary of how the data was comprised. The committee also requested that a comparison of acreage between Somerville’s Innerbelt and Cambridge’s Kendall Square be provided.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 5, 2012 6:00 PM  Land Use Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Proakis provided the information requested at the March 29th meeting of the committee and reviewed the plan and amendments. The item was approved with the condition that final document will be submitted to the Board of Aldermen on April 12, 2012.

RESULT:APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS
Apr 5, 2012 6:00 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Proakis provided the information requested at the March 29th meeting of the committee and reviewed the plan and amendments. The item was approved with the condition that final document will be submitted to the Board of Aldermen on April 12, 2012.

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

See #192824, Approved as an updated version.

RESULT:PLACED ON FILE