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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION

The Planning Board of the City of Cambridge will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 03, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. held remotely (see below for instructions to participate) on special permit application case PB-399 for the property located at 110 Fawcett Street for which the Applicant is Strain Station LLC seeking special permits pursuant to Section 11.800 Cannabis Uses for a proposal to Convert an existing space to a Cannabis Retail Store.

TO VIEW PLANS AND DOCUMENTS:  Visit www.cambridgema.gov/specialpermits online. Printed copies are on file in the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts and at the Community Development Department, 344 Broadway.

TO SEND WRITTEN COMMENTS:  E-mailing [email protected] is preferred. Please include the case number or address. You can also mail comments to Cambridge Planning Board, 344 Broadway, Third Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139. Written comments received by 5:00 P.M. the day before the meeting will be considered by Board Members in advance of the meeting. Comments received later will be entered into the record.

TO COMMENT IN REAL-TIME: Pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023 adopted by Massachusetts General Court and approved by the Governor, the City is authorized to use remote participation at meetings of the Cambridge Planning Board. You can view the meeting remotely and make comments by computer or telephone using Zoom Webinar. Visit www.cambridgema.gov/planningboard online to view the full meeting agenda, register for the Zoom Webinar, and get up-to-date information about the meeting.

TO VIEW MEETING ONLY:  The meeting will be streamed online through the Open Meeting Portal at www.cambridgema.gov and broadcast on cable TV – Channel 22 within Cambridge.

FOR QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE:  Contact Swaathi Joseph at 617/349-4668 (TTY 617/349-4621), email [email protected].


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Public Hearing Notice

Relative to Municipal Code

City of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Office of the City Clerk

The Ordinance Committee, composed of the entire membership of the City Council, will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m. to discuss proposed changes to the Municipal Code of the City of Cambridge relative to Chapter 5.50 CANNABIS BUSINESS PERMITTING.

This public hearing will be hybrid allowing participation in the Sullivan Chamber, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA and remotely via ZOOM. The ZOOM URL to view the meeting is https://cambridgema.zoom.us/s/97895847144.  If you would like to speak at this Public Hearing, please register to do so using this URL: https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/CityCouncil/PublicCommentSignUpForm.

You may also email comments to the City Clerk at [email protected].

To request a copy of the amendment in full, e-mail City Clerk, Diane LeBlanc at [email protected].  Copies are also available at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The City of Cambridge will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities upon request.  Please contact the City Clerk at 617-349-4260 or at [email protected].

For the Committee,

Councillor Marc McGovern, Co-Chair

Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Co-Chair


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ORDINANCE NO. 2023-7 – FIRST PUBLICATION

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

In the Year Two Thousand and Twenty-three

AN ORDINANCE

That the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge be amended on a Zoning Petition by the Cambridge City Council to amend Article 2.000 to create definitions for “AHO Corridor” and “AHO Square”; and by amending Section 11.207 of the Zoning Ordinance to modify the height and open space standards applicable to Affordable Housing Overlay developments, among other changes.

Amend Article 2.000 as follows:

AHO Corridor – One or more Lots with frontage on one or more of the following streets: Albany Street, Alewife Brook Parkway, Bishop Allen Drive, Broadway, Cambridge Street, Concord Avenue, First Street, Fresh Pond Parkway, Massachusetts Avenue, Memorial Drive, Mount Auburn Street, Prospect Street, and Sidney Street.

AHO Square – One or more Lots located entirely within the confines of the Central Square Overlay District, Harvard Square Overlay District, Lesley Porter Overlay District, or the area bounded by the centerline of Elm Street to the west, the Somerville/Cambridge municipal boundary to the north, the centerline of Windsor Street to the east, and Cambridge Street to the south; but not including ML 81-50, ML 81-101, or ML 81-100.

Amend Section 11.207 as follows:

11.207.5.1 General Provisions

(a) For the purposes of this Section, the phrase “District Development Standards” shall refer to the development standards of the base zoning district as they may be modified by the development standards of all overlay districts (with the exception of this Affordable Housing Overlay) that are applicable to a lot.

(b) District Dimensional Standards shall include the most permissive standards allowable on a lot, whether such standards are permitted as-of-right or allowable by special permit. A District Dimensional Standard that is allowable by special permit shall include any nondiscretionary requirements or limitations that would otherwise apply.

(c) An AHO Project that conforms to the following development standards shall not be subject to other limitations that may be set forth in Article 5.000 or other Sections of this Zoning Ordinance, except as otherwise stated in this Section.

(d) An AHO Project containing more than one base zoning district shall follow the requirements of the zoning district that covers the largest percentage of the area of the lot or development parcel, as if the entirety of the lot was served by a single zoning district. Section 3.32 shall generally not apply to development that proceeds under the provisions of this Section 11.207.

(e) Where an AHO Project may have various applicable Building Height and Stories Above Grade limitations as specified in 11.207.5.2.1, the most permissive height limitations shall generally control. Notwithstanding the provisions set forth in Section 11.207.5.2.1, an AHO Project may match the height of an existing building on an adjacent lot. 

11.207.5.2.1 Building Height and Stories Above Grade. For an AHO Project, the standards set forth below shall apply in place of any building height limitations set forth in the District Development Standards.

(a) Where the District Dimensional Standards set forth a maximum residential building height of forty (40) feet or less, an AHO Project shall contain no more than four (4) Stories Above Grade and shall have a maximum height of forty-five (45) feet, as measured from existing Grade. For AHO Projects containing active non-residential uses on the ground floor, the maximum height may be increased to fifty (50) feet but the number of Stories Above Grade shall not exceed four (4) stories.

(b) Where the District Dimensional Standards set forth a maximum residential building height of more than forty (40) feet but not more than sixty-five (65) feet, an AHO Project shall contain no more than nine (9) Stories Above Grade and shall have a maximum height of one hundred (100) feet, as measured from existing Grade, except as further limited below. 

(i) Except where the AHO Project abuts a non-residential use, portions of an AHO Project that are within thirty-five (35) feet of a lot whose District Dimensional Standards allow a maximum residential building height of forty (40) feet or less shall be limited by the provisions of Paragraph (a) above.

(c) Where the District Dimensional Standards set forth a maximum residential building height of more than sixty-five (65) feet, an AHO Project shall contain no more than thirteen (13) Stories Above Grade and shall have a maximum height of one hundred and fifty (150) feet, as measured from existing Grade, except as further limited below.

(i) Except where the AHO Project abuts a non-residential use, portions of an AHO Project that are within thirty-five (35) feet of a district whose District Dimensional Standards allow a maximum residential building height of forty (40) feet or less shall be reduced to a minimum of five (5) Stories Above Grade or a maximum height of sixty (60) feet, as measured from existing Grade, except that if the AHO project parcel extends into that District, then the height limitation shall only extend thirty five (35) feet from the property line.

(d) An AHO Project within an AHO Square shall contain no more than fifteen (15) Stories Above Grade and shall have a maximum height of one hundred and seventy (170) feet, subject to the height restrictions specified in Section 11.207.5.2.1.c.i above.

(e) An AHO Project within an AHO Corridor shall contain no more than twelve (12) Stories Above Grade and shall have a maximum height of one hundred and forty (140) feet, subject to the height restrictions specified in Section 11.207.5.2.1.c.i above.

(f) The Height Exceptions set forth in Section 5.23 of this Zoning Ordinance shall apply when determining the building height of an AHO Project.

(g) An AHO Project may exceed the allowable height limitations of this Section, without restriction, under the following circumstances, subject to the Residential Density limitations set forth in Section 11.207.5.2.2. If the AHO Project is not subject to an FAR restriction in Section 11.207.5.2.2, then the total allowable floor area shall be calculated by subtracting the required open space from the total lot area, and multiplying the resulting lot area by the maximum number of stories otherwise permitted under this Section:

(i) Where pre-existing, contiguous Green Area Open Space on a lot will be preserved or expanded, consisting of at least 5% or more of the total lot area.  

(ii) The AHO Project will exceed the minimum required open space as set forth in Section 11.207.5.2.4 of this Article.

11.207.5.2.2 Residential Density

(a) Where the District Dimensional Standards establish a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of less than 1.00, an AHO Project shall not exceed an FAR of 2.00. Otherwise, there shall be no maximum FAR for an AHO Project. 

(b) There shall be no maximum FAR for an AHO Project within an AHO Square or AHO Corridor. 

(c) There shall be no minimum lot area per dwelling unit for an AHO Project.

11.207.5.2.3 Yard Setbacks

(a) For the purpose of this Section, the applicable District Dimensional Standards shall not include yard setback requirements based on a formula calculation as provided in Section 5.24.4 of the Zoning Ordinance, but shall include non-derived minimum yard setback requirements set forth in Article 5.000 or other Sections of this Zoning Ordinance.

(b) Front Yards. An AHO Project shall have no minimum front yard setback.

(c) Side Yards. An AHO Project shall have no minimum side yard setback. 

(d) Rear Yards. An AHO Project shall have a minimum rear yard setback of fifteen (15) feet, or may be reduced to the minimum rear yard setback set forth in the District Dimensional Standards if it is less restrictive. 

(e) Projecting eaves, chimneys, bay windows, balconies, open fire escapes and like projections which do not project more than three and one-half (3.5) feet from the principal exterior wall plane, and unenclosed steps, unroofed porches and the like which do not project more than ten (10) feet beyond the line of the foundation wall and which are not over four (4) feet above Grade, may extend beyond the minimum yard setback.

(f) Bicycle parking spaces, whether short-term or long-term, and appurtenant structures such as coverings, sheds, or storage lockers may be located within a required yard setback but no closer than seven and one-half (7.5) feet to an existing principal residential structure on an abutting lot.

11.207.5.2.4 Open Space

(a) Except where the District Dimensional Standards establish a less restrictive requirement or as otherwise provided below, the minimum percentage of open space to lot area for an AHO Project shall be thirty percent (30%). However, the minimum percentage of open space to lot area may be reduced to no less than fifteen percent (15%) if the AHO Project includes the preservation and protection of an existing building included on the State Register of Historic Places.

(b) The required open space shall be considered Private Open Space but shall be subject to the limitations set forth below and shall not be subject to the dimensional and other limitations set forth in Section 5.22 of this Zoning Ordinance. Private Open Space shall exclude parking and driveways for automobiles.

(c) All of the required open space that is located at grade shall meet the definition of Permeable Open Space as set forth in this Zoning Ordinance.

(d) The required open space shall be located at Grade or on porches and decks that are no higher than the floor elevation of the lowest Story Above Grade, except that up to twenty five percent (25%) of the required open space may be located at higher levels, such as balconies and decks, only if it is accessible to all occupants of the building.

(e) For the purpose of this Affordable Housing Overlay, area used for covered or uncovered bicycle parking spaces that are not contained within a building shall be considered Private Open Space.

(f) Notwithstanding the foregoing, lots consisting of five thousand (5,000) square feet or less in total lot area that directly abut a Public Open Space consisting of at least one thousand five hundred (1,500) square feet of area shall not have a minimum open space requirement under this Article.

Passed to a second reading at the City Council meeting held on September 11, 2023 and on or after October 16, 2023 the question comes on passage to be ordained.

Attest:- Diane P. LeBlanc, City Clerk


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Public Notice

Relative to Zoning

City of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Office of the City Clerk

The Ordinance Committee, comprised of the entire membership of the City Council, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 3:00 p.m., on a Zoning Petition by the Cambridge City Council to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge by amending Articles 2.000, 4.000, 5.000, and 23.000 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance for the purpose of allowing henkeeping as a permitted accessory use to principal residential (excluding transient accommodations as defined in Section 4.31.i), religious, and educational uses; with limitations and subject to regulation and permitting by the Cambridge Public Health Department.

This public hearing will be hybrid allowing participation in the Sullivan Chamber, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA and remotely via ZOOM. The ZOOM URL to view the meeting is https://cambridgema.zoom.us/s/97895847144.  If you would like to speak at this Public Hearing, please register to do so using this URL: https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/CityCouncil/PublicCommentSignUpForm. You may also email comments to the [email protected].

To request a copy of the amendment in full, e-mail City Clerk, Diane LeBlanc at [email protected].  Copies are also available at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and online at www.cambridgema.gov/cdd/zoninganddevelopment/zoning/amendments.

The City of Cambridge will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities upon request.  Please contact the City Clerk at 617-349-4260 or at [email protected].

For the Committee,

Councillor Marc McGovern, Co-Chair

Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Co-Chair


ORDINANCE NO. 2023-5 – FINAL PUBLICATION

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

In the Year Two Thousand and Twenty-three

AN ORDINANCE

That the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge be amended on a Zoning Petition by the Cambridge City Council to amend Article 20.000 by inserting a new Section 20.1100 entitled, “Alewife Overlay District – Quadrangle”; and by amending Section 20.90 Alewife Overlay Districts 1-6 and Section 20.70 Flood Plain Overlay District to remove references to Alewife Overlay Districts 1 through 4 and insert, “AOD-Q District”, where applicable; and by amending the Transfer of Development Rights regulations in Section 21.40 Alewife Overlay Districts 1-6 to establish requirements that are applicable in the proposed Alewife Overlay District – Quadrangle District.

 In City Council September 11, 2023.

Ordained as amended by a yea and nay vote:-

Yeas 9; Nays 0; Absent 0.

Attest:- Diane P. LeBlanc, City Clerk

A true copy; 

ATTEST:- Diane P. LeBlanc, City Clerk

NOTE: Pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 32A, Tercentenary Edition, the ordinance as aforesaid which exceeds in length eight octavo pages of ordinary book print may be summarized for publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the city with the further provision that said Ordinance may be examined and obtained at the City Clerk’s Office during office hours and that any objection to its invalidity by reason of any defect in the procedure of adoption may only be made within ninety days after the posting or the second publication.