Wednesday, April 17, 2024

A small section of North Cambridge that includes the Friendly House of Pizza could be rezoned in a proposal to be heard by the Ordinance Committee. (Image: Google)

Rezoning in North Cambridge

Ordinance Committee, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan takes up a proposed rezoning of two blocks in in North Cambridge centered around a condominium project at 2400 Massachusetts Ave. The Planning Board, which has an advisory role, turned the petitioners away Dec. 20, telling them to wait for a city zoning process rather than try to get ahead of it; councillors may have a different take.

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


Proposal to limit lab spaces

Ordinance Committee, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan considers a citizen-filed zoning petition to define “labs” for Cambridge, then set limits on where they might outcompete the creation of housing and dull the city’s squares and business districts. The Planning Board took up this petition Dec. 20 and said it needed refining – which an almost identical version by Zondervan may get in other committees.

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Garden Street traffic changes

Garden Street listening session, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Transportation staffers are still dealing with fallout from changes in October: Adding protected bike lanes on Garden Street led to making a section of the road one-way for cars, which sent more traffic to side streets. Staff have asked for residents to give the changes more time as they tweak. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


Homeland security meetings

Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday. The security region’s Urban Search and Rescue Working Group meets to discuss the Urban Areas Security Initiative Project and other emergency management systems, followed by a look at the same project and systems by a working group focused on hazardous materials, K9 units and explosive ordnance disposal. The meetings will be held at Pro-EMS, 31 Smith Place, Cambridge Highlands. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Silver Line extension plans

Transit Advisory Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. City staff review materials from the silver line extension alternatives analysis, in which the MBTA considers the feasibility, benefits and cost of extending silver line commuter rail service to Everett and its surrounding communities. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


Linda Pinkow contributed to this report.