CITY OF WORCESTER
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
|Chairperson Sean M Rose |
|Vice Chairperson Khrystian E King |
|Councilor Sarai Rivera |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
Virtual Attendee Call-in Information
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.
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Approval of the Minutes
Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Economic Development hereby approves the minutes of the Economic Development Committee meeting on March 15, 2023.
Zone Change Hearing Items
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Natalie Turner request the city zoning map be amended to rezone the block situated within the borders of Mayfield St., Parker St., Winfield St. and May St. from BG-4 to RL-7.
# 10a CC February 7, 2023
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Frank Zitomersky request the Zoning Map be amended to change the zoning at 9 Castle St., 5 & 7 Castle St., 4 Castle St., 6 Castle St. and 8 Castle St. from BG-3 to RG-5.
# 10b CC February 7, 2023
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Donald J. O'Neil, on behalf of Lord St. LLC, request Zoning Map be amended to extend the RG-5 Zoning District, running along and/or parallel to Mason Street, westerly to include, in their entirety, the land situated at: 53 Mason St., 54 Mason St., and 11 Parker St. Said parcels being currently zoned MG-1.0.
# 12a CC December 20, 2022
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommend adoption of an ordinance to amend the City's Zoning Ordinance relative to adult use marijuana.
# 12b CC December 20, 2022
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Paul Conger request the Zoning Map be amended to include 38 Harlow St. and 24 New St. within the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District.
# 14b CC December 6, 2022
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Paul Conger request Article XV, Section 5 of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance be amended to allow the Planning Board to modify certain zoning requirements by special permit for new Multi-Family Dwelling buildings within the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District by deleting Subsection D in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “D. In addition, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Article IV, Section-7, the Planning Board shall be authorized to grant a special permit to modify parking, loading requirements, dimensional requirements for off-street parking and loading areas; landscaping requirements; intensity of use buffer area requirements; layout requirements and number of required spaces for uses permitted in Adaptive Reuse Overlay District (by right or by special permit) pursuant to Section-3 of this Article. This provision shall only apply to Multi-Family Dwelling (low-rise and high-rise) uses (new or existing) and uses in the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District which are located in buildings or structures in existence as of October 22, 2022. Per Article IV, Table 4.4 Notes, the required number of spaces cannot be reduced below (1) space per dwelling unit.”
# 14c CC December 6, 2022
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Paul Conger request Article XV, Section 5 of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance be amended to reduce the required minimum number of off-street parking spaces for new Multi-Family Dwelling buildings within the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District by deleting Subsection A and Subsection C in their entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “A. Subject to Subsection 5(C) of this Article XV, for all new buildings and structures, the parking requirements of Table 4.4 of this Ordinance shall apply.” “C. For reuse or substantial restoration of existing buildings or structures within the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District and new Multi-Family Dwelling buildings (low-rise and high-rise), the parking requirements of Table 4.4 of this Ordinance shall apply with the following exceptions: 1. All residential parking shall require 1.5 parking spaces for each dwelling unit; and 2. Office, professional/general uses shall require one (1) parking space for every 500 square feet of gross floor area.”
# 14d CC December 6, 2022
Communication of the City Manager
Recommend adoption of a resolution to file an application to designate 274, 284, and 290 Franklin Street; 1, 14, and 23 Hygeia Street; and 25, 33, 38, and 45 Arctic Street as a Certified Project under the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) and approve a Tax Increment Exemption (TIE) Plan for the properties.
# 9.4B CM February 28, 2023