Rockport to hold Special Town Meeting focused on changes to Zoning Bylaws
Posted on May 13th at 12:12pm.
At Rockport’s May 16 Special Town Meeting, residents will vote to approve or reject changes to Rockport’s Zoning Bylaws. These changes include the creation of a multifamily district adjacent to the MBTA station. This district, titled the Transit Oriented Village Overlay District (TOVOD), would create a new multifamily, mixed commercial and residential district. This 12.3-acre overlay district is estimated by Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to allow for up to 160 new residential units.
The other changes zoning bylaw changes that will be voted upon at Rockport’s May 16 Special Town Meeting include:
Accessory dwelling units will be allowed by right in all zoned areas in town, eliminating the ADU building requirement that the lot area be sufficient for two dwelling units.
60% of the land in new residential development will be required to stay open. There is currently a 50% open space requirement for residential development.
The Special Town Meeting warrant will be posted on the town website in mid-April. Updates will be posted to the NSR GA blog.