Somerville Zoning Overhaul Meetings

The next in our series of Zoning Overhaul Meetings is next Monday and this one focuses on some of the processes linked to zoning, like getting a special permit or going through the Planning or Zoning Board. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 259 Lowell St.
You can find the full schedule of upcoming meetings at the link below.

Zoning Overhaul Meeting: Process
Zoning Overhaul Meeting Date Changes
The City of Somerville announced today several changes to the ongoing public meeting series surrounding the proposed Zoning Overhaul Process. An updated meeting schedule is included below, and important changes are:
The Mobility meeting has been changed from Mon., Feb. 8, to Mon., Feb. 22.

The Economic Development meeting has been moved from Mon., Feb. 22, to Mon., Feb. 8

A second Attainable Housing meeting has been added on Mon., Mar. 21, as a follow up to the Jan. 11 meeting.

A meeting about Sustainability has been added on Mon., Apr. 11.

All meetings will be held at the Lowell St. VNA, 259 Lowell St., beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meetings will discuss the ideas within the City’s new proposed zoning ordinance, respond to comments provided in the public review process, and propose changes to the ordinance based upon this feedback. The remaining meeting schedule is as follows:
Residential Neighborhoods
Date: Monday, January 25

Topics: Conserving neighborhoods, building types, lot dimensions

Economic Development
Date: Monday, February 8

Topics: Commercial development, job creation

Date: Monday, February 22

Topics: Parking requirements, bike parking, mobility management program

Date: Monday, March 7

Topics: Special permits, design review, neighborhood meetings, board process

Attainable Housing (Part 2)
Date: Monday, March 21

Topics: Inclusionary zoning, linkage, development bonuses

Date: Monday, April 11

Topics: Environment, building, technologies, urban development

For more about the zoning ordinance overhaul, please visit

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at 617-625-6600 x2323
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