Proposed Code

The Administration has officially submitted the proposed Zoning Overhaul to the Board of Aldermen. To review a timeline of the steps required for adoption, see our Adoption Process Infographic.

Please provide your feedback on our CiviComment page, and don’t forget to join us in the upcoming public hearings by the Planning Board and the Board of Aldermen Land Use Committee:

  • On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers on the Second Floor of Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, the City Administration will introduce the code, provide an overview, and highlight the differences between the proposed 2018 overhaul and the 2015 version;
  • On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers on the Second Floor of Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, the Planning Board and Land Use Committee will accept public comments;

Below is the current draft of the new Somerville Zoning Ordinance. A change log and previous drafts are at the bottom for reference. To see what district your property is located under in the proposal check the Zoning Atlas.

Article 2: Overview & Guide explains how the ‘building type’ based system of the proposed Ordinance functions, describes each line item from the building type tables, provides instruction for how to measure each requirement, and includes other standards and reference information.

Presentations
January 31, 2018 – Presentation Slides
January 31, 2018 – Presentation Video
February 13, 2018 – Presentation Slides
February 13, 2018 – Presentation Video
January 2018 BOA Submittal
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Zoning Atlas  (updated 02/14/2018)
Pedestrian Streets Atlas  (updated 01/09/2018)
Transit Areas Atlas (updated 01/09/2018)

Article 1 – Introductory Provisions
(updated 01/09/2018)
Article 2 – Overview & Guide  (updated 01/09/2018)
__Standards & Measurements
Article 3 – Residential Districts (updated 01/09/2018)
__3.1 – Neighborhood Residential
__3.2 – Urban Residential
Article 4 – Mid-Rise Districts (updated 01/09/2018)
   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 (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 6 – Commercial Districts (updated 02/01/2018)
__6.1 – Fabrication
__6.2 – Commercial Core
__6.3 – Commercial Industry
__6.4 – Commercial Business
Article 7 – Special Districts (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 8 – Overlay Districts (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 9 – Use Provisions (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 10 – Site Development (updated 02/01/2018)
Article 11 – Parking & Mobility (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 12 – Development Benefits (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 13 – Public Realm (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 14 – Nonconformance (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 15 – Administration (updated 01/09/2018)
Article 16 – Definitions (updated 01/09/2018)
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Change Log
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02/01/2018 – Article 6 & Article 11 updated (Document export errors were corrected)
01/09/2018 – January 2018 BOA Submittal released (all Articles)
11/05/2017 – 2nd Discussion Draft released (all Articles)
06/24/2017 – Partial version of Article 12 released (Shared Parking still in progress)
06/22/2017 – Partial version of Article 2 released (Standards & Measurements only)
06/21/2017 – Temporary PDFs for Articles 7 and 8 uploaded
06/21/2017 – Articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, and 15 released. Article 16 updated.
06/21/2017 – Zoning Atlas released
06/16/2017 – Article 16 of the Discussion Draft released
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Pervious Code Versions (Archive Only)
BOA Submittal, January 2018
Article 6 – Commercial Districts 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Article 10 – Site Development 01/09/2018 (out of date)
Draft Ordinance, 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)
Draft Ordinance, 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)
Article 16 – Definitions 06/16/2017 (out of date)