City of Somerville

The Zoning Overhaul will generate a completely new zoning ordinance that will replace the existing Somerville Zoning Ordinance. The goal is to provide Somerville with an effective, responsive, fair, efficient, user-friendly, and predictable but flexible system to regulate development across the city.

Based on the recommendations of SomerVision, the code will conserve our traditional residential housing while steering investment to enhance our squares and corridors and transform underutilized areas into vibrant, walkable neighborhoods. This project builds off of SomerVision’s land context map and will be the first wholesale overhaul of zoning in the City’s history. The format of the code will focus on regulating the physical form of lots and structures while improving readability, organization, and graphic design.

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