Before a tree-cutting moratorium went into place in 2019, the pace of felled trees seemed to accelerate; while it’s not so simple for multimillion-dollar construction, developers, city councillors and Planning Board members are all trying to figure out how a lab- and office-space moratorium affects business as usual.
The new City Council term is bringing some shifts in committee assignments, while the Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeal similarly prepared last week for the coming year of work. One body of appointed officials stayed the course; the other made big changes in leadership.
An affordable-housing project that will overlook Danehy Park won praise from members of the Planning Board on Tuesday. One member called it a “poster child” for new Affordable Housing Overlay zoning that reduces the power of the board in refining projects before they’re built.
Public meetings this week look at swearing-in the new City Council and School Committee; ending single-family zoning, building an 100 percent affordable-housing mixed-use project on New Street; tearing down the Garage mall; replacing a Harvard Street apartment building destroyed by a 2020 fire; and more.
Planning officials voiced serious misgivings last week around the specifics of the Affordable Housing Overlay, which so far underlies three projects making their way through Cambridge’s permitting process. But they acknowledged that they were forced mainly to watch with concern.