Downtown Lynn Team of Advisors Meeting 2 Presentation, February 12, 2013

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Presentation includes an initial review of downtown zoning and questions for participant discussion. See meeting materials and other project information at www.mapc.org/downtownlynn.

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Downtown Lynn Team of Advisors Meeting 2 Presentation, February 12, 2013

  1. 1. Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn Team of Advisors Meeting 2 8:00-10:00am, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Museum Building 56-60 Andrew Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01901
  2. 2. Agenda8:00-8:10: Introductions and updates8:10-8:35: Review of downtown zoning8:35-8:55: What will spur equitable downtown development?8:55-9:15: Reaching out9:15-9:30: Open discussion and next steps
  3. 3. Downtown Zoning Overview Preliminary Analysis
  4. 4. Recent planning for Downtown• Recent planning efforts • Market Street Vision Plan 2009 • Washington Street Gateway District Plan, 2008 • Waterfront Master Plan, 2007 • Downtown Workshop, 2004• Key Recommendations • Live/Work/Play environment • Mixed-use and residential • Improved retail environment • Improved public realm • Transit oriented• Recommendations for zoning mentioned, but not specific
  5. 5. The Lynn Zone Ordinance• Zone ordinance is old • Many amendments • Little design criteria• Very restrictive, particularly downtown • Many uses require a special permit • Impediment to business and development?• Ordinance is difficult to follow • Many footnotes, poor organization • Use categories are too broad • Use definitions can be contradictory
  6. 6. Downtown Zoning Districts• Four Base Districts • Central Business District (CBD) • Business (B) • Light Industrial (LI) • High Rise Residential (R5)• Three Overlay Districts • Residential Reuse Overlay District • Sagamore Hill Corridor Overlay District • Washington Street Overlay District
  7. 7. LynnZoningDowntownStudy Area
  8. 8. Central Business District (CBD)• Allows for many typical downtown uses as of right • Office, retail, institutional, parks• Special Permit required for other common downtown uses • Residential (except reuse) • Food Service of any kind • Hotels• Recent improvements a step in right direction • Removed industrial and auto related uses in CBD • More changes needed • Residential is a key component to live/work/ play environments
  9. 9. Residential Reuse Overlay District• Only as of right residential within CBD • Parcels within 1,500 feet of MBTA station• Successful • Over 200 new residential units created • Few opportunities left
  10. 10. Light Industrial District• Remnant from industrial past • Not compatible with CBD • Further isolates downtown from waterfront• Rezone to maximize potential • Connection to waterfront and CBD • MBTA Commuter Rail
  11. 11. R5 District and Overlays• R5 residential as of right • Single family to high rise• Overlays allow for mixed-use • Most progressive zoning in study area • Pedestrian oriented • Washington Overlay = Downtown Gateway • Promotes multifamily • No single family • Improved use allowances • Sagamore Hill = Residential Transition • All residential types • Limited retail
  12. 12. Next steps in review of zoning…• Explore strategies to allow residential in the CBD as of right• Review uses in each district • Expand or revise what is and is not allowed • Example: More than one food service establishment type• Affordability strategies • Inclusionary zoning • 40R district • Density bonuses• Create Zone District Summary Sheets
  13. 13. What will spur equitable downtown development?See handout for sample questions to ask community members
  14. 14. Reaching outSee handout for proposed outreach strategies
  15. 15. Open discussion and next steps

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