Climate Resilience Zoning

Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force

The City Manager has appointed a Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force representing a variety of community stakeholders and perspectives to work through resiliency elements raised during the Envision process and through the Douglas Brown, et al., with the input of the appropriate City agencies and departments. This task force is being created to build upon the City's 2017 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) and ongoing Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience (CCPR) planning efforts and to advise on development standards that can be incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance that would result in new development that is more resilient to climate change risks. Specifically, this group will focus on zoning recommendations that address the climate change impacts identified in the CCVA:

  • Anticipated flooding due to sea level rise, storm surge, and precipitation.
  • Anticipated rise in temperatures exacerbated by the urban heat island effect.

The Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force has been meeting monthly beginning in January, 2019. Meetings thus far have 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. The Task Force has held two joint meetings with the Health and Environment Committee of the City Council.

Based on this information, the Task Force drafted a set of principles and objectives to guide final recommendations. The Task Force is currently in the process of discussing potential approaches to implementing these principles and objectives.

See “Schedule” for further information about upcoming meetings and "Documents" to review materials from past and upcoming meetings.

  • 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 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

13. Tom Sullivan - Divco West

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