Proposed Zoning Ordinance

Public comment is open until noon on Friday, November 1st. Please email your written feedback to planning@somervillema.gov.

Upcoming Public Meeting Schedule:

  • October 1, 2019: City Council Land Use Committee Meeting
  • October 3, 2019: Planning Board Meeting

Below is the current draft of the proposed new Somerville Zoning Ordinance. A change log and previous drafts are provided at the bottom of this page for reference.

This newest version (August 2019) of the proposed Official Somerville Zoning Atlas was created through extensive collaboration with the Ward Representatives of the Somerville City Council to appropriately implement the objectives of SomerVision, the City of Somerville’s comprehensive Master Plan, within each of the City’s

Public Hearings/Meetings   
09/19/2019 – Joint Hearing, City Council Land Use Committee & Somerville Planning Board

August 2019 v4 Submittal
Official Somerville Zoning Atlas

All Articles (Large File)

Article 1 – Introductory Provisions

Article 2 – Glossary & Overview 
__Standards & Measurements
Article 3 – Residential Districts
__3.1 – Neighborhood Residential
__3.2 – Urban Residential
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts 
   4.1 – Mid-Ride 3
__4.2 – Mid-Rise 4
__4.3 – Mid-Rise 5
__4.4 – Mid-Rise 6
Article 5 – High-Rise Districts
Article 6 – Commercial Districts 
__6.1 – Fabrication
__6.2 – Commercial Core
__6.3 – Commercial Industry
__6.4 – Commercial Business
Article 7 – Special Districts
Article 8 – Overlay Districts
Article 9 – Use Provisions
Article 10 – Development Standards
Article 11 – Parking & Mobility
Article 12 – Development Benefits
Article 13 – Public Realm
Article 14 – Nonconformance
Article 15 – Administration

Change Log
08/22/2019 – August 2019 submittal released (v4)
09/27/2018 – September 2018 submittal released (v3)
02/01/2018 – Article 6 & Article 11 updated (v2)
01/09/2018 – January 2018 submittal released (v2)
11/05/2017 – 2nd Discussion Draft released (v1.1)
06/24/2017 – Partial version of Article 12 released (v1)
06/21/2017 – 1st Discussion Draft released (v1)
Previous Presentations (Archive Only)
05/19/2019 – Affordable Housing
04/30/2019 – Parking
04/22/2019 – Open Space
04/02/2019 – NR, UR, Nonconformance
03/19/2019 – Open Space
03/12/2019 – Open Space, Tree Protection, Zoning Overhaul
01/15/2019 – v3 Update
12/04/2018 – Proposed Open Space Amendment
10/16/2018 – Proposed New SZO v3 Overview
05/23/2018 – NR District & Parking
05/15/2018 – NR District
02/13/2018 – Proposed New SZO v2 Overview
01/31/2018 – SZO v2 Document Review
Previous Code Versions (Archive Only)
Draft Ordinance v3, January 2019
Zoning Atlas (out of date)
Pedestrian Streets Atlas  (out of date)
Transit Areas Atlas (out of date)
Article 1 – Introductory Provisions (out of date)
Article 2 – Overview & Guide  (out of date)
Article 3 – Residential Districts (out of date)
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts (out of date)
Article 5 – High-Rise Districts (out of date)
Article 6 – Commercial Districts (out of date)
Article 7 – Special Districts (out of date)
Article 8 – Overlay Districts (out of date)
Article 9 – Use Provisions (out of date)
Article 10 – Development Standards (out of date)
Article 11 – Parking & Mobility (out of date)
Article 12 – Development Benefits (out of date)
Article 13 – Public Realm (out of date)
Article 14 – Nonconformance (out of date)
Article 15 – Administration (out of date)
Article 16 – Definitions  (out of date)
Draft Ordinance v2, January 2018
Zoning Atlas 02/14/2018 (out of date)
Pedestrian Streets Atlas  01/09/2018 (out of date)
Transit Areas Atlas 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 1 – Introductory Provisions 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 2 – Overview & Guide 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 3 – Residential Districts 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 5 – High-Rise Districts 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 6 – Commercial Districts 02/01/2018 (out of date)
Article 7 – Special Districts 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 8 – Overlay Districts 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 9 – Use Provisions 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 10 – Site Development 02/01/2018 (out of date)
Article 11 – Parking & Mobility 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 12 – Development Benefits 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 13 – Public Realm 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 14 – Nonconformance 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 15 – Administration 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 16 – Definitions 01/09/2018 (out of date)
2nd Discussion Draft, November 2017
Zoning Atlas 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 1 – Introductory Provisions 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 2 – Overview & Guide 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 3 – Residential Districts 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 5 – High-Rise Districts 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 6 – Commercial Districts 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 7 – Special Districts 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 8 – Overlay Districts 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 9 – Use Provisions 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 10 – Site Development 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 11 – Public Realm 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 12 – Parking & Mobility 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 13 – Development Benefits 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 14 – Nonconformance 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 15 – Administration 11/05/2017 (out of date)
Article 16 – Definitions 11/05/2017 (out of date)
1st Discussion Draft, June 2017
Article 1 – Introductory Provisions 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 2 – Overview & Guide  06/22/2017 (out of date)
Article 3 – Residential Districts 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 5 – High-Rise Districts 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 6 – Commercial Districts 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 9 – Use Provisions 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 10 – Site Development 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 12 – Parking & Mobility 06/24/2017 (out of date)
Article 13 – Development Benefits 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 14 – Nonconformance 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 15 – Administration 06/21/2017 (out of date)
Article 16 – Definitions 06/21/2017 (out of date)