The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Town of Weymouth’s Commercial Overlay District Zoning change. The overlay district identifies 4 key commercial corridors in need of revitalization and allow for mixed-use, combining of lots to make larger, more dense developments more feasible. It allows greater investment into the town through a special permit process. These zoning changes will help Weymouth achieve its goals of creating compact, walkable, mixed-use, and transit-friendly development within appropriate areas of Weymouth.
Chamber & Housing Committee Support: Mayor Hedlund and Planning Department provided platforms to address SSCC business leaders; SSCC spoke up publicly in support of these zoning changes
More details are available here: Commercial Corridor Overlay District Full Article.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Town of Rockland’s 40R Overlay District Zoning change. The 40R overlay district encourages smart growth, housing production and revitalization of key areas in town. Rockland is looking to attract investment and make development more feasible within their downtown center. The Overlay district includes: area of Union Street between North Avenue and the intersection of East Water and West Water streets. Town officials and community members are looking to open the door for redeveloping the town’s center which had been struggling for years with vacant storefronts and deteriorating buildings.
The Chamber has been very active with REiMAGINE Rockland, a community group, in charge of leading some of these revitalization efforts. In the fall of 2018, the Rockland Chamber and REiMAGINE Rockland organized walking tour of the downtown to highlight areas targeted for revitalization.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Town of Randolph’s introduction of the Union Crossing Zoning Overlay District. The overlay district allows for mixed use around their existing Commuter Rail station. This zoning allows for increased residential density and will encourage a more walkable community with quick access to transit. It allows greater investment into the town through a special permit process.
Chamber & Housing Committee Support:Town Manager presented to Housing Committee members; Continued engagement with local officials.
South Shore Chamber Housing Committee