City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
205054
Placed on File
Feb 13, 2020 7:00 PM

22 registered voters proposing an amendment to Zoning Ordinance 6.4 to establish new open space requirements for certain buildings in the Assembly Sq Mixed Use District.

Information

Department:City ClerkSponsors:
Category:Public CommunicationPurposes:Zoning Ordinance

Attachments

  1. 22 voters proposed zoning ordinance

Official Text

See attachment.

Meeting History

Jan 25, 2018 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

Also referred to the Planning Board.

RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Sep 6, 2018 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee of the Whole

As one of the principle drafters of the proposed amendment, Mr. Bill Shelton presented on the intent and motivation behind its submission. He talked about the city of Somerville being the densest city in New England and noted that Somervision does not include specific plans as to how to achieve the stated goal of 125 acres of new open space. Mr. Shelton answered questions regarding sources on which the proposed amendment was based and noted that it was, in part, structured in a similar manner to provisions in place in New York City.

Mr. Proakis spoke to the discussions that related to a recently approved project in the Assembly Square Mixed Use District and answered questions as to how the conditions of that approval would compare to the requirements of the proposed amendment. He advised that the Administration recommends that it prefers a more holistic approach to open space together with other public benefits.

The public hearing started at 6:45 and ended at 7:10. All speakers were given 2 minutes to speak. There were approximately 13 speakers at this public hearing. Most of the comments were in support of the amendment. There were comments about how Somerville is booming and the need for open space. Other comments were about living spaces being too close to I-93. Other comments were about green, open space being vital to the earth, improve sleep and mental health, and increases mortality rates.

Chair Davis stated that the period for public written comments will remain open until September 28th at 12 noon.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 12, 2019 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 19, 2019 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee Meeting

Items 206481, 207460, 205054 and 207332 are related to the same topic and were discussed together.

See discussion under item # 207332.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 2, 2019 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 22, 2019 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 30, 2019 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jan 30, 2020 6:00 PM Video Land Use Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE
Feb 13, 2020 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE