Proposed Zoning By-law Changes

The following zoning amendments will be submitted for inclusion on the 2018 Annual Town Meeting warrant.

The Zoning Article Hearing is scheduled for April 2, 2018.

Rezoning of Commercial Properties

This article seeks to modify the commercial zoning in the Vinnin Square area by rezoning the commercial properties that have frontage on Essex Street/Loring Avenue. The proposed new district will have modified dimensional regulations that will encourage mixed-use and multi-family development that relates better to the street and de-emphasizes large parking lots. This zoning comes as a recommendation from the Master Plan (HS.2.2.3, HS.3.1.1, LU.3.1.1). This proposal is also in line with the Governor’s Housing Choice Initiative to add to the housing stock so as to support the growing economy and provide new housing choices. 

  • Warrant article (article along with zoning map, list of affected properties, and proposed changes to Zoning By-law)
  • Presentation (overview of the proposed changes and what it means)

Rezoning of Residential Properties

This article proposes to change the zoning designation of all properties in the Residence A-3 District (A3) to a new Residence A-4 District (A4), retain a specific list of properties within a (new) Residence A-3 District (A3), and make the revisions within the Zoning By-laws to reflect the new zoning district. The dimensional requirements will remain the same for the new A-3 and A-4 districts (equal to today's A-3 restrictions). While the allowed uses in the new A-4 district will remain the same as today's A-3 district, the new A-3 district would no longer allow multi-family developments of four or more units (single- and two-family structures would be allowed as of right, three-family by special permit).

  • Warrant article (article along with zoning map, list of affected properties, and proposed changes to Zoning By-law)
  • Presentation (overview of the proposed changes and what it means)

Amend Humphrey Street Overlay District

This article proposes to amend the "Table of Additional Uses Within the HSOD" that's part of section "4.7.0.0. Humphrey Street Overlay District" by adding in the categories of Hotels, Inns, Motels, and Bed & Breakfast establishments as well as identifying the required special permits for those uses within the overlay district.