Somerville Zoning Ordinance

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-Rise 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

For more information please visit the Planning & Zoning Division
at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue

Latest Public Hearings and Meetings

12/12/2019 – Adoption
03/17/2020 – Joint Hearing canceled
03/31/2020 – Land Use Committee meeting (
Presentation)
04/14/2020 – Land Use Committee meeting (
Presentation)
04/23/2020 – Joint Hearing Land Use Committee & Planning Board
05/19/2020 – Joint Hearing, Land Use Committee & Planning Board (
Presentation)
06/02/2020 – Land Use Committee meeting (
Presentation)

Amendment Log

04/28/2020 – Ord. 2020-08Ord. 2020-09, and Ord. 2020-10 were ordained by the City Council on April 28, 2020 and signed by the Mayor on May 4, 2020. 
05/28/2020 – Ord. 2020-13 and Ord 2020-14 were ordained by the City Council on May 28, 2020 and signed by the Mayor on June 1, 2020. 

Per §15.6.2, The Director of Planning & Zoning may update figures and photos; correct scriveners errors, table and figure numbers, the capitalization of defined words, and cross references; and add or correct street names or districts labels for maps without City Council approval.

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

11/19/2019 – PB Recommendation, Amendments (Presentation, Video)
– Letter from the Somerville Planning Board
– Proposed Amendments List

10/29/2019 – Ongoing Discussion (PresentationVideo)
10/22/2019 – Ongoing Discussion (PresentationVideo)
10/01/2019 – City Council Feedback (Video)
09/19/2019 – Joint Hearing, Land Use Committee & Planning Board (Presentation; Video
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

Amended v4 Submittal (AKA Version 5)

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

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)