CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:48 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Sean M Rose
Vice Chairperson Khrystian E King
Councilor Sarai Rivera
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor Khrystian E King, who arrived at 5:06 P.M. Councilor Sarai Rivera
 
Also:Councilor Etel Haxhiaj Councilor George J. Russell Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn Assistant Chief Development Officer Michelle Smith Director of Housing Development and Healthy Homes James Brooks Deputy City Clerk Stephen AJ Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-In Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.

Economic Development Committee Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/91026766826
Economic Development Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Economic Development Committee Zoom Access Code: 910 2676 6826

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Economic Development hereby approves the minutes of the Economic Development Committee meeting on December 13, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and moved to adopt the item. Order adopted

3.

Zone Change Hearing Item

3a.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Inclusionary Zoning. # 14e CC December 6, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #4a.

Chairperson Councilor Rose discussed inclusionary zoning being an important tool the city can implement to aid in creating housing for all residents in the city, ensuring any inclusionary zoning ordinance brought into effect by the city has flexibility that allows for economic growth and the importance of focusing on both rentable property as well as for-sale property.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview of actions to be taken relative to the draft ordinance presented to the City Council, ensuring the feasibility of creating housing in the city and accommodating the growth of the city through housing through appropriate incentives to builders.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the following speakers:
1. Yvette Dyson, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
2. Skiti Aldina, no residence given, spoke in favor of the item.
3. Lydiana (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
4. Jen Falcon, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
5. Luis Pedraja, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
6. Scot Schaeffer-Duffy, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
7. Clay Williams, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
8. David Minasian, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
9. Robert Billota, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
10. Vanessa Jemote, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
11. Sarah Stewart, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
12. Crystal Guzman, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
13. Elizabeth Mohere, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
14. Kayla (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
15. Wahiya Wolfpaw, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
16. Jess (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
17. David Sullivan, no residence given, spoke in favor of the item.
18. Todd Rodman, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
19. Mark Bornstein, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
20. Craig Blais, no residence given, spoke in favor of the item.
21. Ambrose Tulka, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
22. Janet Alvarado, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
23. Pablo Elias, no residence given, spoke in favor of the item.
24. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
25. River (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
26. Fred Taylor, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
27. Sheila Brenner, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.
28. Maia Fefer, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Rivera, who discussed the importance of ensuring inclusionary zoning reflecting the needs of the cityís residents, holding developers accountable through proper regulations, and making sure the cityís workforce can live in the community.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor King, who discussed the impacts struggling with securing housing can have on individuals and families, his support for increasing the parameters of the administrationís proposed ordinance and the relationship between builders and the people who they are building for.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the items be held.

Recommend Hold

4.

Communication of the City Manager

4a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to inclusionary zoning. # 8.4A CM May 24, 2022

In Committee July 19, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold (See Item #3a)