Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #187
ORDER ADOPTED
Jun 3, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Manager work with the Community Development Department to set up a series of informational and interactive Affordable Housing Overlay workshops in a variety of neighborhoods to give residents the chance to foster a productive and informational dialogue with City staff.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The Housing Committee began holding hearings on the Affordable Housing Overlay proposal in March of 2019; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Overlay was the topic of 5 Housing Committee hearings, which spanned until mid-April of 2019; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Although two of the Housing Committee hearings were focused exclusively on public comment and were valuable for resident feedback, committee hearings do not provide a platform for dialogue between residents with questions and concerns to get responses directly from Community Development Department staff; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council has received emails from hundreds of residents who have questions about the Overlay, and many are looking for a reliable source for additional information about the proposal; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City should be providing a venue outside of committee hearings and Council meetings for residents to directly interact with Community Development Department staff, and content area experts who should be available to hear residents’ concerns and answer their questions directly; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Receiving well-informed citizen feedback on the Overlay proposal is critical for the Ordinance Committee in its work to potentially implement a proposal that is the best fit for Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The meetings would be scheduled to happen in tandem with the Ordinance Committee hearings to get immediate feedback; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Community Development Department to set up a series of informational and interactive community engagement meetings on the Affordable Housing Overlay proposal with the goals of: presenting accurate and up-to-date information to residents, fostering a dialogue between residents and City Staff, answering residents’ questions, and gathering resident feedback to strengthen the proposal; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager work with the Community Development Department to ensure that these meetings are hosted in a variety of Cambridge neighborhoods, include local content area experts, and that sufficient community outreach is conducted prior to each event; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager work with the Department of Human Services to ensure that childcare is provided at each meeting; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the City Council on this matter as soon as possible.

 

Meeting History

Jun 3, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF EIGHT MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED