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Salem's Municipal and Religious Building Re-Use Zoning Ordinance Passes

9.13.19

With a vote from the City Council of 9-2 the Municipal and Religious Building Re-Use Zoning Ordinance recieved final passage at the City Council meeting on September 12th.

This ends the long journey for the ordiance that started in 2018 with the identification of municipal and religious buildings that were no longer serving thier prior use.  Without the overlay the identified buildings in current city zoning could only be redeveloped into single family or two-family housing.  

The approved ordiance increases the number of approvable units through special permit and also contains an affordable housing requirement.  These developements as they now move forward will bring much needed housing the to the city.

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