Last updated: 06.21.2023
The Regulatory Division has been studying regulatory barriers to multifamily and mixed-use development and proposed remedies that can serve as an objective basis for community visioning workshops. The first installment of this study is Harvard Street, a vital mixed-use neighborhood.
- STUDY FOUNDATION: The basis for this study is a Community Character Documentation: Microscale Analysis, which catalogs nearly 120 specifications of sampled blocks along Harvard Street from Verndale Street to Station Street. As you'll see below, some sections have not yet been linked here. We have prioritized publishing draft sections that are the most timely as it relates to the public process and compliance with the MBTA Communities Act.
- COMMUNITY RESOURCE: The Study is a living document that may be amended as dialog with the boards, commissions, and the community evolves. The Study serves as a tool the community can use to both reinforce the character of this cherished neighborhood and shape its future.
- Staff Contact: Maria Morelli, Senior Planner at [email protected]. Phone: 617-730-2670.
HARVARD STREET STUDY COMPONENTS
- Note: Asterisk (*) means "coming soon"
- Map of Study Areas | Community Character Documentation
- *Purpose of the Study | Executive Summary | Using This Tool | Table of Contents
- Prologue Harvard Street: A Story of Connections
- What Does Equitable Housing Look Like?
PART 1: Harvard Street Study Parameters*
PART 2: Zoning Concepts
- 2.1 Basic Concepts*
- 2.3 What Is Zoning*
- 2.2 Fair Housing Act*
- 2.4 Transect Organizing Principle
PART 4: In Practice - Navigating By-Laws to Plan a Project*
PART 5: Macro- and Microscale Analyses
- 5.1 Maps and Data
- 5.3 Microscale Analysis (draft)
- 5.2 Main Street Community Type and Storefront Frontage
- 5.4 Lot and Development Data
PART 6: Constraints, Disincentives, Gaps in Zoning
- 6.1 Special Permit Requirements
- 6.6 Site Plan-Design Review
- 6.2 Inclusionary Zoning
- 6.7 Nat'l Register Area Protection*
- 6.3 Supporting Commercial
- 6.8 Private, Public Infrastructure
- 6.4 Parking Minimums Residential
- 6.9 Urban Heat Islands
- 6.5 Design Review Standards
- 7.1 Height
- 7.3 Open Space
- 7.2 Floor-Area Ratio (FAR)
- 7.4 Lot Area Minimum
PART 8: Potential Benefits and Managing Risks (to be developed with community input)
PART 10: Scoping Harvard Street as a Potential MBTACA District (to be developed with community input)