Zoning Amendments

This page lists all amendments to the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance currently under consideration as well as those that were acted upon within this year and the previous year. Electronic versions of some documents relevant to the proposed amendments are also provided. Not all documents are available electronically at this time.

PLEASE NOTE: These online documents are provided for reference and convenience only. The print versions of the referenced documents, along with any amendments that may have been made subsequent to the most recent update to the print versions, remain the official versions. If any discrepancies exist between the documents on file at the Office of the City Clerk and the electronic documents available on this site, the print versions shall be considered correct. The documents listed on this web page do not necessarily constitute a full public record.

Amendments Under Consideration

The following amendments to the Zoning Ordinance are currently under official consideration by the City Council and Planning Board. The public hearing dates are listed below (TBD = "to be determined").

Petition Name and Description Documents Referral and Hearing Dates Expiration Date
Carlone, et al. Petition - Project Review Special Permit • Petition Text
CDD Memo
Referral:
June 30, 2014
Planning Board: 
August 5, 2014
Ordinance Cmte: 
July 30, 2014
 October 28, 2014
Flaherty, et al. Petition - Medical Marijuana Overlay Expansion (Mooney Street) • Petition Text
CDD Memo
Planning Board Recommendation
Referral:
May 19, 2014
Planning Board: 
June 17, 2014
Ordinance Cmte: 
July 2, 2014
September 15, 2014 
Chun Petition - Refiled #3 (Cambridge Highlands) • Petition Text
CDD Memo November 15, 2013
CDD Memo January 14, 2014
• Planning Board Recommendation April 1, 2014
CDD Memo May 28, 2014
• Planning Board Recommendation June 3, 2014
Referral:
April 28, 2014
Planning Board: 
June 3, 2014
Ordinance Cmte: 
May 20, 2014
August 18, 2014 
PUD Procedural Zoning Amendments • Petition Text
CDD Memo
CDD Presentation
Planning Board Recommendation
Referral: 
April 7, 2014 
Planning Board: 
May 6, 2014
Ordinance Cmte:
June 10, 2014
August 4, 2014 

Zoning under Discussion

From time to time, the Planning Board will discuss zoning projects that are underway as part of planning initiatives. While the public is welcome to attend, these discussions are not considered public hearings because a petition has not been formally submitted to the City Council.

Subject Documents
Kendall Square Central Square (K2C2) - See Project Page • Kendall Square / MXD Memo - March 14, 2014

Amendments Adopted and Ordained

The following amendments to the Zoning Ordinance have been adopted by the City Council within this year or the previous year.

View a list of additional adopted zoning amendments.

Petition Name and Description Documents Referral Date Final Ordination
Medical Marijuana Zoning Process Information
CDD Memo
Planning Board Recommendation
Presentation
 October 7, 2013 December 16, 2013 (#1359
Boston Properties - Ames Street Petition Petition Text
Planning Board Recommendation
September 16, 2013  December 9, 2013 (#1358
Bicycle Parking Revisions (see CDD project page) Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation 
CDD Memo and Revised Text
February 11, 2013  June 3, 2013 (#1357
Medical Marijuana Interim Regulations Petition Text
Planning Board Recommendation
December 17, 2012   April 22, 2013 (#1356)
MIT PUD-5 Petition Text 
CDD Memo January 11, 2013 
CDD Memo February 15, 2013
• Height Limits Comparison
Planning Board Recommendation
December 17, 2012 April 8, 2013 (#1355)
Letter of Commitment
Forest City Petition to amend CRDD boundaries and regulations (#3) • Petition Text
Final Planning Board Recommendation
December 10, 2012  February 25, 2013 (#1354)
Letter of Commitment
Ground Floor Cafeterias Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
 November 19, 2012 January 28, 2013
(#1353)
Chen Petition
Principal Entrance to Entertainment Venues
• Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
September 24, 2012 December 6, 2012 (#1352)
North Massachusetts Avenue Zoning Petition Petition Text
CDD Memo June 13, 2012
Final Language
April 9, 2012 July 30, 2012 (#1351)
CJUF III Northpoint LLC Petition to Amend PUD-6 Regulations Petition Text April 23, 2012 July 30, 2012 (#1350)
Zoning Modifications to K-8 Public School Sites Petition Text
Revised Language
Summary
April 9, 2012
July 30, 2012 (#1349)
Bishop, et al. Petition to amend SD-2 requirements Petition Text
Planning Board Recommendation
Revised Tyler Court Plan
December 7, 2011 March 5, 2012 (#1347)
Chestnut Hill Realty Petition to allow dwelling units in existing residential basements (#2) Petition Text
Planning Board Recommendation
August 1, 2011 December 19, 2011 (#1345)
Bagedenow, et al. Petition to establish minimum side yards in C-1 districts Petition Text
Staff Memo #1
Staff Memo #2
Planning Board Recommendation
August 1, 2011 December 13, 2011 (#1344)
Runkel, et al. Petition to amend zoning designation on Bellis Circle Petition Text
Staff Memo #1
Staff Memo #2
Planning Board Recommendation
August 1, 2011 December 13, 2011 (#1343)
de Rahm, et al. Petition to establish enforcement provisions Petition Text
Planning Board Recommendation
August 1, 2011 December 11, 2011 (#1342)
Bicycle Sharing Stations establishment Petition Text June 20, 2011 September 19, 2011 (#1341)
Section 5.28.2 modifications (#3) Petition Text April 4, 2011 August 1, 2011 (#1340)
Fox, et al. Petition to amend zoning designation on Cottage Park Ave Petition Text February 17, 2011 June 9, 2011 (#1339)
Novartis Petition to establish SD-15 Petition Text January 31, 2011 May 26, 2011 (#1338)

Amendments Expired or Failed

The following amendments to the Zoning Ordinance were considered by the City Council within this year or the previous year but were not adopted, either due to being placed on file because the time period for consideration had expired, or due to failure to receive the necessary votes on consideration by the City Council.

Petition Name and Description Documents Referral Date(s) Final Action
Linear Park Petition (Special District 2) • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
January 27, 2014  Placed on File
June 16, 2014
Lutz Petition - Refiled (Richdale Avenue) • Petition Text
CDD Memo
Citywide Map of Residence C-1A Districts
January 27, 2014 Placed on File
June 16, 2014
Connolly, et al. Petition ("Net Zero" Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Petition Text
CDD Memo
City Council Policy Order
June 24, 2013  Placed on File
November 18, 2013
Craig Kelley Petition (Flat Roofs / Rainwater Separation) • Council Zoning Petition
• CDD Memo
Planning Board Recommendation
April 29, 2013 Placed on File
September 16, 2013 
Popper-Keizer, et al. Petition (Special District 8A) • Petition Text
• Map of Proposed Change
• CDD Memo
Planning Board Recommendation
April 29, 2013 Placed on File
September 16, 2013
Phillips, et al. Petition (Special District 2) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
April 1, 2013 Placed on File
August 20, 2013
Teague, et al. Petition Regarding Direct Light Petition Text
CDD Memo May 14, 2013
CDD Memo July 9, 2013
Planning Board Recommendation
 March 18, 2013 Failed to Pass on a Vote
July 29, 2013
Trolley Square Vicinity Rezoning from A-2 to C-2B (#2) • Petition Text
Map of Petition Area - Existing Zoning
Map of Petition Area - Proposed Zoning
• Map of Key Parcels
• Photos of Key Parcels
CDD Memo to Planning Board
September 5, 2012 Placed on File
January 15, 2013
Yanow, et al. Petition (Area Four Neighborhood Preservation) Petition Text
• Map of Petition Area
CDD Memo to Planning Board
July 30, 2013 Placed on File
January 1, 2013
Waiver of Parking Requirements on Private Way Petition Text
CDD Memo to Planning Board
August 13, 2012 Placed on File
January 1, 2013
Forest City Petition to amend CRDD boundaries and regulations (#2) Petition Text
Petition Map
CRDD Heights Map
Presentation to Planning Board
CDD Memo June 12, 2012
Second Reading
Goody Clancy Review Comments
CDD Zoning Modifications July 2012
Substituted Zoning Changes (Ord. Cmte.) July 25, 2012
March 26, 2012 Placed on File
August 13, 2012
Central Square Overlay District modifications to requirements for bars and entertainment venues Petition Text
Staff Memo
September 19, 2011 Placed on File
January 11, 2012
Bishop, et al. Petition to amend SD-2 requirements (#1) Petition Text
Staff Memo #1
Staff Memo #2
Planning Board Recommendation
August 1, 2011 Placed on File
December 6, 2011
Refiled (see above)
Andrews, et al. Petition to modify Inclusionary Housing regulations Petition Text
Staff Memo #1
Staff Memo #2
Planning Board Recommendation
August 1, 2011 Placed on File
December 6, 2011
MIT Petition to establish PUD-5 in Kendall Square Petition Text May 16, 2011 Placed on File
October 11, 2011
Forest City Petition to amend CRDD boundaries and regulations (#1) Petition Text February 28, 2011 Placed on File
July 13, 2011
Refiled (see above)
Chestnut Hill Realty Petition to allow dwelling units in existing residential basements (#1) Petition Text January 31, 2011 Placed on File
May 31, 2011
Refiled (see above)
Hegarty, et al. Petition to amend a portion of Section 5.28.2 Petition Text December 13, 2010 Placed on File
April 19, 2011
Section 5.28.2 modifications (#2) Petition Text December 6, 2010 Placed on File
April 19, 2011
Refiled (see above)

Explanation of Table Headings

Petition Name and Description

Where a zoning amendment is proposed by Cambridge property owners or registered voters, the amendment is typically named for the petitioner or petitioners. Where a zoning amendment is proposed by the City Council or Planning Board, the amendment is typically named for the subject of the petition itself. In both cases, this column provides a very brief description of the nature of the proposed change. Where a number is given (#1, #2) it indicates that this petition is one version of a petition that may have been refiled and considered by the City Council multiple times.

Documents

Lists documents that may be especially relevant to the petition, including the text of the petition itself, memoranda from City staff or other agencies, recommendations from the Planning Board, or supplemental information provided by the petitioner. PLEASE NOTE: This web page does not list all submitted documents that pertain to the petition. To view the full public record for a zoning petition, contact the Office of the City Clerk.

Referral and Hearing Dates

Lists the date at which the petition has been referred to the City Council and the dates at which public hearings have been scheduled for the Planning Board and the Ordinance Committee of the City Council. "TBD" is given where a hearing date has not yet been advertised. Such public hearings are scheduled within 65 days of the referral date.

Expiration Date

The time period for consideration of a zoning petition is within 90 days of the first public hearing held before the Ordinance Committee of the City Council. If no City Council action is taken before the end of that 90 day period, the petition is placed on file and may not be voted upon unless it is refiled, at which point the City Council would refer the petition to the Ordinance Committee and Planning Board for a new set of public hearings.

Final Ordination

Provides the final Ordinance Number and date on which the zoning amendment was Ordained. Contact the Office of the City Clerk for additional information about ordination.

Final Action

Provides the final action on a zoning amendment that was not adopted and the date at which the action was taken. If a zoning petition is placed on file, it may be refiled at any time, at which point the City Council would refer the petition to the Ordinance Committee and Planning Board for a new set of public hearings. If a petition fails to pass on a vote of the City Council, then it may not be refiled until at least two years from the date at which the final vote was taken.

For More Information

For more information contact Liza Paden at 617/349-4647 or lpaden@cambridgema.gov.