Somerville Board of Aldermen
Somerville Planning Board
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Dear Aldermen and Members of the Planning Board,
Thank you for the opportunity to provide written feedback on the proposed Union Square Overlay District (USOD) zoning amendment. We are excited to see Somerville advance redevelopment planning in Union Square, and we believe thoughtful and careful zoning is a critical element of this overall effort.
We have reviewed the July 2016 version of the proposed zoning amendment and wish to express questions and concerns with the plan. (See Attachment A.) We seek to understand these issues and request clarification and corrective language prior to passage of the zoning amendment.
Given the complexity of the USOD zoning amendment, we continue to examine its scope and implications and intend to further engage with the Board of Aldermen, Planning Board, and Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) to ensure it represents our community’s goals.
Rob Buchanan, Chairperson
Union Square Neighbors
Union Square Neighbors Steering Committee:
Rob Buchanan (chair), Suzanne Bremer, Stuart Dash, Sam Engelstad, Andy Greenspon, Stephanie Hirsch, Jim McGinnis, Annette McGloin, Philip Parsons, JT Scott, Tim Talun, Shu Talun, Bonnie Tominack
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor, City of Somerville
Somerville Board of Alderman