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CGMAC PRESENTATION OVERHEADS:

Cambridge Community Development Department
January 16, 1998

CRGM PETITION TOPICS ACTIONS

A.

Reduce FAR, height, & density

Adopted 120' height limit in RC-3, 03, BB, lB; 65' limit for C-2B residences.

B.

Affordable housing linkage & inclusion

Strengthened linkage, deferred inclusionary requirement.

C.

Establish district transition rules

Deferred.

D.

Enhanced public & design review.

Adopted some review refinements, deferred others.

E.

Open space protection

Rezoned 21 locations to OS, Deferred on-lot open space & OS district FAR changes.

F.

Revise nonconformity rules

Deferred.

Incompletely Addressed Petition Purposes

1. REDUCE FAR, HEIGHT & DENSITY

Purpose: congestion

Prior Proposal: reduce business & residential FARs

Impact Observations:

- where "displaced" jobs & housing actually locate.
- how much "outside" traffic would be attracted;
- how much lower densities would lower transit share.

- fewer building "tear-downs;"
- more nonconforming buildings (unless special provisions avoid that);
- uncertain impact on housing affordability;
- uncertain impact on job types.

Evaluative Observations:

Purpose: scale compatibility, avoid overshadowing

Prior Proposals:

Impact Observations:

Purpose: scale prevent worsening of flood risks

Prior Proposals:

Impact Observations:

Evaluative observations:

2. ESTABLISH DISTRICT TRANSITION RULES

Purpose: minimize disruptive district transitions

Prior Proposal:

Impact Observations:

Evaluative Observations:

3. PROTECT OPEN SPACE

Purpose: avoid excessive impervious surfaces, loss of open space

Prior proposal:

Impact Observations:

Evaluative Observations:

4. AFFORDABLE HOUSING INCLUSION

Purpose: encourage inclusion of affordable units in housing developments

Prior proposals:

TOPICS AND ITEMS

Topic 1. Reduce FAR, Height & density

Topic 2. Establish district transition rules.

Topic 3. Protect Open Space

Topic 4. Affordable Housing Inclusion

 

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