Proposed Zoning Ordinance

December 10, 2019: Joint Hearing of the City Council Land Use Committee and Planning Board

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.

Latest Public Hearings and Meetings

09/19/2019 – Joint Hearing, Land Use Committee & Planning Board (Presentation; Video
10/01/2019 – City Council Feedback (Video)
10/22/2019 – Ongoing Discussion (PresentationVideo)
10/29/2019 – Ongoing Discussion (PresentationVideo)
11/19/2019 – PB Recommendation, Amendments (Presentation, Video)
– Letter from the Somerville Planning Board
– Proposed Amendments List

11/21/2019 – Amendments (Video)
– Proposed Amendments List
– Article 12: Section 3 Buyouts and Payments
– Errata List

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)

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

August 2019 v4 Submittal

Official Somerville Zoning Atlas

All Articles (Large File)
Article 1 – Introductory Provisions
Article 2 – Glossary & Overview 
Article 3 – Residential Districts
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts 
Article 5 – High-Rise Districts
Article 6 – Commercial Districts 
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

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Zoning Atlas (out of date)
Pedestrian Streets Atlas  (out of date)
Transit Areas Atlas (out of date)
Article 1 – Introductory Provisions (out of date)
Article 2 – Overview & Guide  (out of date)
Article 3 – Residential Districts (out of date)
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts (out of date)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)