During fall 2016, the City of Somerville’s Planning Department proposed changes to the Union Square zoning laws. The Planning Department is hoping to introduce a revised version of the citywide zoning overhaul sometime in 2017.
The first round of the overhaul was actually released in January 2015. However, the Board of Aldermen felt that the new ordinance wasn’t ready and decided not to vote on it. Read more about Get in the Zone
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill H.4303, an Act establishing the Somerville Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust. SCC’s Jobs for Somerville committee celebrated this critical step in the long-term process to create a Jobs Trust Fund that will link commercial real estate development in Somerville to jobs creation and workforce development for the City’s residents. Read more about New Somerville Jobs Trust
As the City of Somerville prepares for a zoning overhaul that will enable new development in Union Square, Union United – a community coalition supported by SCC – continues to bring community members together around the goal of development without displacement. Read more about United for a Better Union Square
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Last year, more than 500 Somerville residents submitted a petition created by the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee to require more affordable housing, also called inclusionary zoning, in new developments. The Board of Aldermen's Land Use Committee is preparing to vote on the proposal.