Broadway Rezoning Community Mtg 5 7 09

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Broadway Rezoning Community Mtg 5 7 09

  1. 1. Rezoning Broadway: Winter Hill to East Somerville Community Meeting May 7, 2009 Monica R. Lamboy Executive Director OSPCD
  2. 2. Strengths of Broadway Corridor • Excellent transportation access: Rail, Road, & Bus • Active community & business groups • Distinctive neighborhood character • Strong p g public health system y • Diversity of residents and businesses • Many families • Hi Historic corridor i id
  3. 3. Existing Challenges •CCurrent l t laws iimpede expansion or d i redevelopment • Limited public open space • Imbalance between vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist • Underdeveloped p p parcels • Disconnected neighborhoods • Limited off-street parking • Residential neighborhoods impacted by I-93
  4. 4. Why Rezone Broadway? • Access to existing & future rapid transit stations • Key opportunity sites on large parcels in critical locations • Enable existing and potential businesses to grow compatibly with residential neighbors • Broadway is an important commercial corridor • Increased opportunity for access to transit • Ongoing Resurgence through Main Streets gg g g • Large parcels hold potential for redevelopment
  5. 5. Process to Develop Proposal • Kickoff Meeting - November 2008 • Four (4) Focus Group Meetings • Developed vision for area • Evaluated blocks & sites for redevelopment infill or preservation redevelopment, infill, • Reviewed zoning alternatives • Rezoning proposal drafted • 2nd Community Meeting - March 2009 • 3rd Community Meeting - May 7, 2009 • Submit proposal to Board of Aldermen – May 14, 2009 (tent.)
  6. 6. Vision for Broadway Corridor • Safe, vital streets with daytime and nighttime activity • A mix of businesses that would be attractive to nearby residents • Economic revitalization • Green spaces as well as plazas • Green buildings • Reduced zoning burden • Creation of a gateway to the City
  7. 7. OSPCD Key Organizing Principles 1. Facilitate development in opportunity areas Redevelop underutilized areas Infill development where appropriate Preserve existing development character in areas 2. Respect transition between commercial & p residential districts 3. 3 Balance circulation amenities Pedestrian-friendly uses and building design Reduce parking requirements
  8. 8. OSPCD Key Organizing Principles 4. Ensure design q g quality and compatibility y p y Design guidelines for each area Upper levels of buildings set back and smaller 5. 5 Provide greater certainty to applicants & abutters Clear standards No waivers Most intensive review for new construction 6. Encourage sustainable development Green building incentives in certain districts Promote pedestrian and bicycle activity
  9. 9. Zoning Proposal • Expand Residence C District (RC) • Establish Corridor Commercial District (CCD) • Establish Transit Oriented Districts (TODs)
  10. 10. Residence C (RC) District Purpose: To establish and preserve medium density neighborhoods of one-, two-, one two and three family homes free from other uses three-family homes, except those which are both compatible with and convenient to the residents of such districts. Characteristics: Permitted Uses: 1-, 2-, & 3-family by right; Multiple dwellings by special permit; Some commercial uses under 5,000 s.f. by right; Some commercial uses by special permit Maximum Height: 3 stories or 40 feet Maximum FAR: 2.0 Setbacks: 15’ front; 20’ rear; variable side
  11. 11. Corridor Commercial District Purpose: To manage development along heavily traveled transportation corridors, corridors especially where those corridors meet at commercial squares. Objectives: j • Dovetail transportation and economic development • Encourage mid-rise co cou age d se commercial mixed use de e op e e ca ed development • Discourage inappropriate auto-oriented uses • Promote pedestrian and bicycle activity
  12. 12. Corridor Commercial District (CCD) FAR –3.0 3.0 Height – 55 ft Characteristics • Flexible changes of use according to “Use Clusters” • Commercial ground floor • Continuous street wall • Small commercial bays • Infill development • Reduced parking requirements • Payment in lieu of parking
  13. 13. Transit Oriented Districts Purpose: To encourage mixed-use transit-oriented development with well- designed pedestrian access near transit connections and commercial squares. Objectives: j • Facilitate a mix of uses that contribute to a vibrant business environment and increase street-level activities • Redevelop vacant or underutilized land with appropriate density mixed use development •I Increase the supply of affordable housing th l f ff d bl h i • Encourage sustainable development
  14. 14. Transit Oriented District 55 (TOD 55) FAR – 3.0 Height – 55 ft Purpose: To allow for mixed-use development opportunities in close proximity to existing lower-density residential lower density neighborhoods. Where mapped in commercial squares, development is anticipated to be a mix of commercial and residential uses. Where mapped on local serving streets, development is anticipated to be predominantly residential in nature. Characteristics: • Mid-rise primarily residential environment • Creates buffer for residential neighborhoods • Reduced parking requirements
  15. 15. Transit Oriented District 70 (TOD 70) Non-Green Non Green FAR – 3 5 3.5 Height – 55 ft Green FAR – 4.0 Height – 70 ft Purpose: This Thi moderate-density sub-district shall complement nearby d td it b di t i t h ll l t b existing developments and serve as a gateway to higher-density districts. Pedestrian oriented uses are often required in this sub- district l di t i t along major public streets t encourage activity at th j bli t t to ti it t the street level. Characteristics: • Pedestrian oriented requirement supports street level activity • Upper level step back after 55 ft height • Green building incentive • 5% arts related uses • 15% affordable housing
  16. 16. Pedestrian Oriented Requirement • Identify blocks that need specific requirement for p pedestrian uses: 35% or 65%. • Pedestrian Uses include: •Small or large retail and service; •eating and drinking establishments; •parks and open space; k d •rapid transit facilities; and •municipal uses. • Will allow space for lobby and entry to parking.
  17. 17. Proposed Map Amendment
  18. 18. NEXT STEPS • OSPCD to draft Staff Report for submission to the Board of Aldermen • Board of Aldermen will refer the proposal to the Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee • A joint hearing of the Planning Board and Land Use Committee must be held by July 18 2009 18, • Abutters, community members and property owners will be able to provide testimony at the joint hearing hearing. • Planning Board and Land Use Committee submit their recommendation to the Board of Aldermen
  19. 19. Thanks to Focus Group! Walter Pero Carrie Dancy Ellin Reisner Joe Grafton Bill Roche Alfred Dellicicchi Jeff Takle Denise March Erika Tarlin Stephen Martorano Anne Tate Sandra McGoldrick Lynne Thompson Cecily Miller Ken Totah Ian Newton Peter Tsourianis
  20. 20. CONTACT INFO Monica Lamboy, Executive Director mlamboy@somervillema.gov Madeleine Masters, Planning Director g mmasters@somervillema.gov @ g Rob May, Director of Economic Devt rmay@somervillema.gov Steven Azar, Senior Planner sazar@somervillema.gov Christopher DiIorio, Senior Planner cdiiorio@somervillema.gov Lori Massa, Planner lmassa@somervillema.gov OSPCD 93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143 617-625- 617-625-6600 x 2500 www.somervillema.gov

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