What’s up for this week?

Last week was mostly Northland and a little bit of Riverside. This week is mostly Riverside. On Monday, the Planning and Development Board will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee to review zoning amendments to the MU3 District proposed by the Developer – (June 4th presentation) and zoning amendments to the MU# District proposed by the Lower Falls Improvement Association – see June 4th presentation and here.

The Planning Department’s May 31st memo for the June 4th meeting on both of these proposals can be found here and the Planning Department’s June 21st memo for Monday’s meeting can be found here.

Then on Tuesday, the Planning and Development Board will meet jointly with the Land Use Committee to hold a public hearing on the request for a change of zone and for a special permit/site plan approval for a very large development – (to construct a 10 building, mixed use, transit-oriented development, of not more than 1,520,000 sq. ft. and more than 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area including up to 650,000 sq. ft. of office use, up to 750 residential units containing no more than 750,000 sq. ft., retail space of not more than 200,000 sq. ft., buildings up to 18 stories in height, building height of up to 230 feet, FAR up to 2.7, no more than 10% open space, and a whole host of other requests and waivers). The Planning Department’s memo for Tuesday’s meeting can be found here. In addition, the Lower Falls Improvement Association – Riverside Committee submitted a review, analysis and comment on the Riverside Vision Plan. You can read it here.

$0.10 fee on Paper Bags and expansion of the Plastic Bag Ban will be discussed in the Finance Committee this Wednesday evening. The proposed amendment would revise the definition of “reusable bag”, revise the definition of retailers to include establishments of less than 3500 sq. ft., and add a 10-cent fee to paper bags provided by the retailer. This proposal was approved by the Programs and Services Committee back in February.

The Finance Committee will also take on the proposal to amend the sidewalk clearing ordinance to include an enforcement provision and fines for violations.

There will be a special meeting of the City Council on Thursday – outside of it’s usual schedule, to vote on several items – including proposed short-term rental ordinances and $2 million request to develop 25% conceptual drawings for the Washington Street corridor to make improvements eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)funding. See Reports Docket.