Residence C Zoning District Task Force Charge
In response to concerns raised with the zoning bylaw amendment proposed under Article 55 at the 2010 Annual Town Meeting, the Planning Board is appointing the Residence C Zoning District Task Force to develop recommendations on how best to address issues facing neighborhoods located in the Residence C Zoning District relative to the size of new structures and additions and the extent of lot coverage. The Task Force shall work toward implementation of goals and action items in the 2005 Comprehensive Long Range Plan, with specific consideration given to the Town’s goal of supporting/sustaining a diverse population and providing a variety of housing options. The Task Force shall seek to ways to maintain and enhance the neighborhood scale and historic identity of existing residential neighborhoods located in the Residence C Zoning
District. The Planning Board is taking this action with the support of the Board of Selectmen.
The area of study shall be all properties located within the Residence C Zoning District, which is the residential zoning district with the smallest lot size/dimensional requirements and located in closest proximity to the existing village centers where there is good access to services and public transportation (Route 62 is the major road way around which this district is located). The Task Force will consider impacts on this zoning district from change in ownership; change in subdivision, changes in the real estate market place, change in construction techniques, the need to provide a variety of housing options that serves a diverse population, and so forth.
The Task Force shall:
- Review past reports, plans and maps prepared by town committees, town officials, state agencies and consultants, including the Comprehensive Long Range Plan and Mansionization Committee.
- Seek the input of neighborhood residents, builders/contractors, real estate agents, property owners and others as required. It is also expected that the Task Force will hold citizen information meetings to elicit general public comments and input.
- Review and analyze the current Zoning Bylaw and Planning Board Regulations and consideration of amendments to each.
- Analyze the impact of recent, planned and potential new housing constructed in the past 5 years in the Residence C Zoning District.
- Review and analyze alternative zoning dimensions, restrictions or limitations that may address neighborhood concerns.
- Consider recommendations that address the Town’s need to maintain population diversity and provide a variety of housing options to meet the needs of a diverse population.
- Prepare recommendations to amend the Zoning Bylaw that will protect the characteristics valued by residents in the Residence C Zoning District.
- Generally identify key issues and needs, analyze alternative solutions, and make recommendations, both short term and long term, within the overall purpose of the Task Force.
The Task Force will be supported, as appropriate, by Town staff in the Department of Planning and Land Management, which includes Planning, Natural Resources, Building/Inspections and Health. Requests for Town staff assistance should be made through the Town Manager. In addition, the Task Force should cooperate with other Town committees, including the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Public Works Commission and Natural Resources Commission, Historical and Historic Districts Commissions. The Concord Housing Foundation is available as a resource representing housing interests in the community. Additionally, paid planning consultants may be retained to assist the Task Force with the approval of the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen.
In making appointments to the Task Force, the Planning Board intends to identify qualified candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and interests, with a majority of the individuals having a tie to the Residence C Zoning District.
Members shall be appointed for a term of one year subject to reappointment at the discretion of the Board. The Task Force shall consist of 9 persons, including the following:
One current member of the Planning Board
Two former members of the Planning Board or Mansionization Committee
One representative of the Concord Housing Development Corporation, Concord Housing Trust or Concord Housing Foundation
Five members at-large; three of whom reside in the Residence C Zoning District, and other Town residents with background or experience in planning, architecture, construction, land-use or real estate law.
It is expected that other interested citizens will also be asked/invited to assist with various assignments related to the mission of the Task Force.
Target Time Frame
Charge and appointment of Task Force – May 15, 2010
Background research and review of prior reports competed – May 15 – July 31, 2010
Initial presentation of findings, goals, objectives to Planning Board with feedback from the Planning Board – early/mid August, 2010
Prepare recommendations to the Planning Board and present - Late September, 2010
Planning Board and Task Force work to prepare zoning bylaw amendments and community outreach – October - December, 2010
Warrant article to Town Meeting – January 1, 2011
The Task Force should elect a chair, who will preside at meetings, a vice chair who can preside at meetings when the chair is unavailable and a clerk, who will be responsible for maintaining the record of the Task Force discussions, votes, and actions.
All meetings will be conducted in conformance with the Open Meeting Law, including the proper notice and posting of meetings, and all records will be maintained in conformance with the Public Records Law