The Planning Board and members of the Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force met to discuss the draft Climate Resilience Zoning proposal at a virtual public meeting on November 15, 2022, at 6:30pm. The Planning Board voted to forward the draft text with clarifying amendments to the City Council as a Zoning Petition.

The proposal is based on the task force’s final recommendations:

The City Manager appointed this task force in 2018. It brought together community stakeholders including residents and homeowners, institutional representatives, residential and commercial developers, and subject matter experts, supported by city staff and consultants. 

The purpose of the task force was to recommend changes to the Zoning Ordinance that would help make development more resilient to climate change risks.

This task force built upon the City's 2017 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA), which informed the Resilient Cambridge Plan, and other planning efforts including Envision Cambridge and the Douglas Brown, et al., Zoning Petition. 

The task force met 19 times between January 2019 and April 2021. Two of these meetings were held jointly with the Health and Environment Committee of the City Council. All meetings were open to the public.

Meetings included presentations from City staff on the City's Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience planning efforts; basic zoning tools and strategies; anticipated flooding impacts due to sea level rise, storm surge, and precipitation; and heat impacts. Task Force members also participated in a walking tour of the Alewife area to see in-person examples of older and more recent development and to identify and discuss resilience issues in the context of buildings and sites. Based on this information, the Task Force drafted a set of principles and objectives to guide final recommendations.

The final report of the Task Force was released in February 2022.

  • Meeting 1: January 23, 2019, 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Sullivan Chamber, Second Floor of City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 2: Wednesday February 27, 2019 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. – Ball Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 3: Thursday March 21, 2019 5:30 – 8:30 P.M.- Walking tour of the Alewife area starting 5:30 P.M. at Russell Field MBTA Headhouse / Meeting at 7:00 P.M. at 150 Cambridgepark Drive 
  • Meeting 4: Wednesday April 24, 2019 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.- Ball Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 6: Wednesday June 26, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Ball Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 7: Wednesday July 31, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Ball Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave

  • Meeting 9: Thursday October 10, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - 4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway
  • Meeting 10: Wednesday November 6, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - 4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway
  • Meeting 11: Thursday November 21, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Arts and Crafts Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 12: Wednesday January 29, 2020 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Ballroom, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 13: Thursday February 13, 2020 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - 2nd Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway

  • Meeting 14: Wednesday March 4, 2020 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Arts and Crafts Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
  • Meeting 15: Thursday October 22, 2020 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Online via Zoom Webinar
  • Meeting 16: Thursday November 19, 2020 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Online via Zoom Webinar
  • Meeting 17: Thursday February 18, 2021 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Online via Zoom Webinar
  • Meeting 18: Wednesday March 3, 2021 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Online via Zoom Webinar
  • Meeting 19: Thursday April 1, 2021 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Online via Zoom Webinar
  • Discussion of Draft Zoning Text at Planning Board: Tuesday November 15, 6:30 P.M.- Online via Zoom Webinar (see Planning Board Meetings for details)
Meeting 7: Wednesday July 31, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Ball Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave
Meeting 7: Wednesday July 31, 2019 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Ball Room, Senior Center 806 Massachusetts Ave

Residents

1. Doug Brown (Co Chair) - West Cambridge

2. Conrad Crawford - East Cambridge/Cambridge Redevelopment Authority

3. Ted Cohen - North Cambridge/Planning Board

4. Mike Nakagawa - North Cambridge

Union/Trades Rep

5. Louis Bacci Jr - Laborers Local 151/East Cambridge/Planning Board

Institutional/Non-Profit Representatives

6. Brian Goldberg - MIT Office of Sustainability 

7. Tom Lucey - Harvard University

8. Margaret Moran - Cambridge Housing Authority

9. Craig Nicholson - Just-a-Start

Business Representatives/Property Owners

10. Jason Alves - East Cambridge Business Assoc.

11. Nancy Donahue - Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

12. Joe Maguire - Alexandria (through March 2020)

      Rick Malmstrom - Alexandria (beginning October 2020)

13. Tom Sullivan - Divco West (through March 2020)

      Mark Johnson - Divco West (beginning October 2020)

14. Mike Owu - MITIMCo

Subject Matter Experts

15. Tom Chase - Energy & Resilience Consultant, New Ecology

16. Lauren Miller - Climate Consultant, CDM Smith

17. Jim Newman - Resilience Consultant, Linnaean Solutions

City Staff

18. John Bolduc - Environmental Planner

19. Iram Farooq (Co-Chair) - Assistant City Manager for Community Development

20. Kathy Watkins - City Engineer/Assistant Commissioner


jroberts@cambridgema.gov

Jeff Roberts, Director of Zoning and Development

617/349-4639