AGENDA

LAND USE COMMITTEE MEETING

SEPTEMBER 30, 2002

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 7:05 p.m.

Adjourned: 9:07 p.m.


 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Stephen T. Patton

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Joseph M. Petty

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Barbara G. Haller

 

Also:†††††††††††††††††††† Assistant City Manager Paul LaCava

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deputy City Solicitor Michael Traynor

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chief Development Officer Philip Niddrie

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Regulatory Services Joanne Kenndy Valade

Regulatory Services Kathleen Donovan

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Neighborhood Services Dennis Hennessy

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Code Department David Holden

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Director of Housing Scott Hayman

City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

RE: Definitions, Table of Uses and Permitted Dimensions by District

 

DISCUSSION

 

1.†††††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

#7D CMJune 11, 2002

In Committee September 18, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend Hold

 

Speakers:

1.                 Mary Keefe, 10 Oxford Street, Worcester

2.                 Kevin Ksen, 5 Shawmut Street, Worcester

3.                 James Connolly, 28 Townsend Street, Worcester

4.                 Todd Rodman, 14 Saxon Road, Worcester

5.                 Marge Purvis, 19 Oxford Street, Worcester

6.                 Domenic Marciglione, 41 Harold Street, Worcester

ALL CHAIRMANíS ORDERS TO BE TAKEN
UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES OCT 1, 2002

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council with a recommendation by October 10th, 2002 how problems with dumpsters located on private properties might be addressed through the re-write of the Zoning Ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council with information by October 10th, 2002 how other Massachusetts cities and towns address the problems with siting and maintenance of dumpsters located on private properties.

 

Chairmanís Order request the License Commission provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with a complete copy of their Rules and Regulations governing the parking lot approval process and the annual re-licensing process including a listing of conditions that are routinely referred to in the parking lot approval process.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration review the attached communication titled Pro-Neighborhoods Zoning Proclamation and make responses to the City Council on each of the issues by October 10th, 2002.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council with copies of applicable state law concerning the siting of group homes by October 10th, 2002.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2000 with a detailed explanation of the definition of affordable housing as mentioned in state statute and local ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with a listing of terms from the Use Table that are not covered in the List of Definitions in the proposed Zoning Ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with a justification for keeping references to Continuing Care Retirement Communities and cluster zoning in the proposed Zoning Ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration evaluate for the City Council by October 10th, 2002 the suggestion that the proposed Zoning Ordinance differentiate between convenience stores/mini-marts and garage public/garage private and their relationship to the sale of gasoline.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with a more detailed explanation of the definition of a condominium than what appears in the proposed Zoning Ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration report to the City Council by October 10th, 2002 whether display lots are required to establish the five foot vegetation buffer as are parking lots.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with details of how the City of Worcester regulates the storage of earth.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration establish a definition for yard sales in the proposed Zoning Ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with copies of state building code 424 and 438.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with a more extensive definition of a gated community and the relation to publicly decreed streets.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with clarification if sales may take place from lofts as addressed in the proposed Zoning Ordinance.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration report to the City Council whether future Land Use meetings concerning the framing of the proposed Zoning Ordinance may be held outside of City Hall and be televised.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council by October 10th, 2002 with a clarification regarding appeals detailing the changes in reference to the Executive Office of Economic Development from Office of Planning and Community Development orRegulatory Services and Code Department, and that a chart of the regulatory servicing functions be forwarded.

 

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

2.†††††† Relative to Law Concerning Unrelated Persons Occupying Premises.

#16D CMJune 25, 2002

In Committee September 18, 2002 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

3.†††††† Relative to ďItem for SaleĒ Lawn Signs in a Residential Area/Yard Sales in a Residential Area.

#15A CMJuly 16, 2002

In Committee September 18, 2002 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

4.                 Relative to Seasonal Sidewalk Sales and Yard Sales.

#15B CMSeptember 3, 2002

In Committee September 18, 2002 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

REPORTS

 

5.†††††† The Committee on Housing and Revitalization Upon the Communication of the City Manager relative to Article VII Ė Inclusionary Zoning and Density Bonuses to Promote Affordable Housing.

#58 CCFebruary 5, 2002

In Committee September 18, 2002 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

 

6.†††††† The Planning Board Upon the Order of Councillor Stephen T. Patton requesting the Zoning Ordinance be amended so that Table 4.1, line 12 is changed so that semi-detached dwellings known as duplexes are no longer ďallowed by Special PermitĒ in RS-10 and RS-7 zones and are instead designated as ďnot allowedĒ.

#106 CCJune 25, 2002

In Committee September 18, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend Hold