ALERT: Zoning Overhaul Public Hearing & Quick Guide for Chamber members


ALERT: The Planning Board and Board of Aldermen’s Land Use Committee will hold the Zoning Overhaul Public Hearing on (198429) the adoption of a New Zoning Ordinance to supersede the current Zoning Ordinance as originally adopted in 1990 at

6:00 P.M., Thursday, March 5, 2015
Aldermanic Chambers, City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue.

Public testimony (likely to be limited to 2 minutes) will be accepted from all interested individuals. Please understand that while the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) has filed this “Zoning Overhaul” and the Planning Board will be asked to make an official recommendation on the matter, the eleven members of the Board of Aldermen will be the decision makers (8 votes required for adoption).


View OSPCD’s Zoning Overhaul at where you may review the code and maps and OSPCD’s summary of “key code changes,” “topics of interest,” “Zoning 101,” as well as track “recent updates” and send your comments to OSPCD.

2. Request change(s) via OSPCD BY MARCH 27: If you believe a property was mapped incorrectly or if you have language changes, “you may provide information directly to OSPCD. All submittals will be organized and given to the Planning Board and Board of Aldermen Land Use Committee for review as part of the zoning overhaul public hearing process.” Note: You must “identify the goals of the SomerVision plan that apply to your request.”

Attend your respective Ward meeting. The Ward Alderman and Planning Staff have scheduled ward meetings to present and answer questions about the zoning overhaul. All meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. (Wards 2&3 meeting was held Feb 23)

Ward 1 – Wednesday, March 4th at the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria (50 Cross Street)
Ward 4 – Tuesday, March 17th at the Healey School
Ward 5 – Monday, March 16th at the Lowell Street VNA (259 Lowell Street)
Wards 6 & 7 – Monday, March 2nd at the TAB Building (169 Holland Street)

If you believe that your future property interests need further protection, consider engaging legal representation immediately.

If the Chamber may be of any further assistance to you or if you have recommendations on the Chamber’s position and public testimony on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Stephen V. Mackey, President/CEO
Somerville Chamber of Commerce
2 Alpine Street, P.O. Box 440343
Somerville, MA 02144

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