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Commercial Corridors Overlay District

On February 3, 2015, the City Council adopted a Commercial Corridors Overlay District (CCOD) zoning ordinance and map amendments.

The intent of the ordinance is to:

  • Promote both redevelopment of existing buildings and new development of consistent and compatible character;
  • Encourage a mix of complementary uses;
  • Foster the development of high-quality, pedestrian-scale environments through site and building design;
  • Reduce the amount of land devoted to parking and utilize parking areas more efficiently;
  • Preserve and enhance the historical, cultural and architectural assets of the City.

The CCOD encompasses the downtown area and connecting major commercial corridors of the City, including Main, Chandler, Pleasant, Highland, Shrewsbury and Grafton Streets. It also includes the Quinsigamond Village area.

An Overlay District is a special zoning district that is superimposed on top of the underlying conventional zoning districts. This planning tool allows application of a distinct set of additional development regulations that supplement or supersede the underlying zoning in order to address specific purposes.

Please read the ordinance for the specific new regulations that aim to achieve the intent of the ordinance. A CCOD user guide will soon be posted on this webpage - please check back frequently.


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