Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #68
ORDER ADOPTED
Feb 25, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Economic Development Department on expediting zoning based on the 2015 Commercial Land Use Classification Study and exploring the feasibility of hiring more zoning planners.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

On February 13, 2019, the Economic Development and University Relations Committee held a hearing to receive an update on the City’s Retail Strategy Plan and Vacant Storefront Initiative; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Economic Development Department presented recommendations from the 2015 Commercial Land Use Classification Study in response to a December 17th policy order (POR 2018 #318) requesting a timetable for updating the Table of Uses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Economic Development Department stated that it is possible that zoning may come before the Council by middle of the 2019 year, although the department could not be certain; and

 

WHEREAS:

Given that the Commercial Land Use Classification Study was completed in July of 2015, it is imperative that the City move forward with the following recommendations, specifically:

 

·         Creating consistent definitions for each use;

·         Adding use types that are not listed (e.g. a temporary open-air market, fitness center, grocery store, etc);

·         Clarifying the range of allowed activities for a given retail type, especially given the rise in success and number of “experience-based” businesses;

·         Establishing new use types for retail/production establishments and food service/production establishments;

·         Updating commercial activity uses on residential property;

·         Creating a “General use” category as a mechanism for permitting unforeseen use types and establishing criteria for a conditional use special permitting process;

·         Exempting new parking requirements for any retail use up to 10,000 square feet in an existing building; and

·         Converting an existing, non-conforming commercial use to a new type of retail use by special permit; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Economic Development Department on expediting zoning based on the 2015 Commercial Land Use Classification Study and exploring the feasibility of hiring more zoning planners; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter by the March 18, 2019 City Council meeting.  

 

Meeting History

Feb 25, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED