Adopted Zoning Amendments

This page lists amendments to the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance that have been ordained by the City Council on or after January 27, 2003. This includes both amendments that have been codified into the Zoning Ordinance as well as amendments that were recently adopted and ordained by the City Council, but not yet codified into the Zoning Ordinance. The amendments are listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent. An index of changes to the Zoning Ordinance adopted prior to December 18, 2017 is available on Municode. Please note that not all Ordinances are available electronically at this time.

For information about these amendments, please contact the Office of the City Clerk.

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.

 

Adopted Zoning Amendments Not Yet Codified

The following amendments to the Zoning Ordinance were recently adopted and ordained by the City Council, but the changes have not yet been codified into the Zoning Ordinance.

Petition Name Key Documents Public Hearings Final Ordination
Incentive Zoning Rate Increase
Petition Text
Nexus Study
CDD Memo - February 5, 2020
Planning Board Presentation - February 11, 2020
Planning Board Recommendation

Planning Board:
February 11, 2020

Ordinance Committee:
February 12, 2020

March 16, 2020
Ordinance #1421
Harvard Square Zoning Petition Petition Text
CDD Memo - November 14, 2019
Planning Board Presentation - November 19, 2019
Planning Board Recommendation
Supplemental Information from CDD Staff

Planning Board:
November 19, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
December 11, 2019
January 30, 2020

 

March 2, 2020
Ordinance #1420
Alexandria Grand Junction Overlay (Refiled) Petition Text
CDD Memo - November 13, 2019
Planning Board Presentation - November 19, 2019
Planning Board Recommendation

Planning Board:
November 19, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
December 10, 2019
February 5, 2020

March 2, 2020
Ordinance #1419

Letter of Commitment

 

Codified Zoning Amendments

The following amendments have been codified into the Zoning Ordinance.

Petition Name Key Documents Public Hearings Final Ordination
CambridgeSide Galleria Associates Trust Petition Text
Supplemental Materials from Petitioner
CDD Memo - September 19, 2019
Planning Board Presentation - September 24, 2019
Planning Board Recommendation

Planning Board:
September 24, 2019
October 29, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
September 26, 2019
November 14, 2019

Special City Council Meeting:
November 26, 2019

December 16, 2019

Ordinance #1415

Exterior Building Insulation (Setback Requirements)
 • Petition Text
Net Zero Action Plan
Planning Board Presentation - October 29, 2019
Planning Board Recommendation

Planning Board:
October 29, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
November 12, 2019

December 9, 2019

Ordinance #1413

Article 22 (Green Building Requirements)
• Petition Text
• Net Zero Action Plan
• Background Information
• Planning Board Presentation - October 29, 2019
• Planning Board Recommendation
• Supplemental Information from CDD Staff

Planning Board:
October 29, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
November 12, 2019

December 9, 2019

Ordinance #1412

Accessory Apartments  Petition Text
• CDD Memo - January 14, 2019
• Planning Board Recommendation
• Petition Amended by Substitution 
• CDD Memo - March 21, 2019

Planning Board:
January 22, 2019
March 26, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
February 5, 2019

May 6, 2019

Ordinance #1408

Grippo, et al., Hotel FAR in IB
• Petition Text
• CDD Memo - February 19, 2019 

Planning Board:
February 26, 2019

Ordinance Committee:
March 27, 2019

April 29, 2019 

Ordinance #1407

Cannabis Establishments Zoning • Petition Text
• Petition Cover Letter
• Initial District Map
• Planning Board Recommendation
• Presentation (with updated maps) - October 2, 2018
• Revised Zoning Text - November 13, 2018
• Revised District Map

Planning Board:
August 28, 2018

Ordinance Committee:
October 2, 2018

December 17, 2018

Ordinance #1404

Beekeeping Zoning Petition  • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation

Planning Board:
October 3, 2017
November 14, 2017

Ordinance Committee:
October 5, 2017

December 18, 2017

Ordinance #1400 

Alexandria PUD-3A and PUD-4C Innovation Space Petition
• Petition Text
• Zoning Map 
• CDD Memo - October 11, 2017
 Planning Board Recommendation

Planning Board:
October 17, 2017

Ordinance Committee:
November 15, 2017

December 18, 2017

Ordinance #1399 

MIT Volpe Site (PUD-7) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning & Design Principles - Volpe Working Group
• CDD Memo - September 7, 2017
 Planning Board Recommendation (Narrative)
 Planning Board Zoning Text (Clean)
• Planning Board Zoning Text (Edits)
• CDD Memo to Ordinance Committee. - September 29, 2017
• Draft Volpe Site Design Guidelines - October 4, 2017
• Draft Volpe Site Design Guidelines Presentation
• Draft Volpe Site Design Guidelines - October 13, 2017
Not Available

October 23, 2017

Ordinance #1398

Letter of Commitment 

Short-Term Rentals • Petition Text
• CDD Memo - May 19, 2017 (with Cockrill, et al., Petition)
• Planning Board Recommendation
• Suggested Staff Revisions - July 3, 2017
Not Available

August 7, 2017

Ordinance #1397

Restoration of Nonconforming Buildings Damaged or Destroyed by Fire or Other Catastrophe • Petition Text
• CDD Memo - March 17, 2017
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

April 24, 2017

Ordinance #1393

Inclusionary Housing • Petition Overview and Text
• CDD Materials - December 16, 2016
• Planning Board Recommendation
• CDD Memo - February 8, 2017
• Law Department Information to Housing Committee - August 30, 2016
• CDD Memo - February 24, 2017
Not Available

April 3, 2017

Ordinance #1392

Central Square Restoration Zoning (Sater, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
• CDD Memo - January 25, 2017
• Law Department Memo - January 30, 2017
• Supplemental Analysis - February 2, 2017
• CDD Memo - February 8, 2017
• CDD Memo - February 22, 2017
Not Available

February 27, 2017

Ordinance #1389

Medical Marijuana Citywide Rezoning • Petition Text
• CDD Memo - October 25, 2016
• CDD Memo - December 20, 2016
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

February 6, 2017

Ordinance #1387

Healthy Pharms (Medical Marijuana District 4) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo (also regarding William Noyes Webster Foundation, Inc. Petition)
• Status of Applications for RMDs in Cambridge
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

September 26, 2016

Ordinance #1386

Friends of MAPOCO (Kroon, et al.) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

September 12, 2016

Ordinance #1385

Richard Avenue Neighbors Zoning (Stern, et al.) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo - April 12, 2016
• Planning Board Recommendation

Previous Version:
• Petition Text
• CDD Memo
Not Available

June 27, 2016

Ordinance #1384

Sage Cannabis, Inc., Medical Marijuana Overlay MM-3) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo - March 8, 2016
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

April 25, 2016

Ordinance #1382

Carsharing • General Information on Carsharing
• Petition Text
• CDD Memo (May)
• Presentation to Planning Board
• Planning Board Recommendation
• CDD Memo (October)
• Presentation - October 27, 2015
• Planning Board Recommendation (Refile)
Not Available

January 11, 2016

Ordinance #1380

Accessory Apartments, Basement Space (Barrett, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

January 11, 2016

Ordinance #1379

Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (MXD District) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Proposed Modifications - November 5, 2015

Planning Board:
October 13, 2015
November 10, 2015

Ordinance Committee:
September 23, 2015

December 21, 2015

Ordinance #1377

Letter of Commitment

Walden and Sherman Streets BA-4 • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

October 19, 2015

Ordinance #1372 and Memorandum of Understanding

Incentive Zoning Amendments • Petition Text
• Nexus Study
• Presentation to Housing Committee
• Presentation to Ordinance Committee
• CDD Memo and Revised Zoning Text - September 18, 2015
Not Available

September 28, 2015

Ordinance #1371

Basement Housing Overlay Modifications (Chestnut Hill Realty) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

June 1, 2015

Ordinance #1369

Mass and Main (Normandy/Twining) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo - January 20, 2015
• Revised Zoning Text - April 23, 2015
• CDD Memo - April 23, 2015
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

May 18, 2015

Ordinance #1368

Letter of Commitment

Whitehead Institute • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

March 30, 2015

Ordinance #1365

Letter of Commitment

Zoning Amendment Expiration (Teague, et al.) • Petition Text
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

January 5, 2015

Ordinance #1363

North Point Retail Parking • Petition Text
• Staff Comments
Not Available

November 10, 2014

Ordinance #1362

Cambridge Highlands Overlay District • Petition Text
• Background Information (re: previous Chun, et al. Petition)
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

October 20, 2014

Ordinance #1361

Medical Marijuana • Process Information
• CDD Memo
• Planning Board Recommendation
• Presentation
Not Available

December 16, 2013

Ordinance #1359

Boston Properties - Ames Street District • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

December 9, 2013

Ordinance #1358

Bicycle Parking Requirements (see CDD project page) • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
• CDD Memo and Revised Text
Not Available

June 3, 2013

Ordinance #1357

Medical Marijuana Interim Regulations • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

April 22, 2013

Ordinance #1356

MIT PUD-5 Petition for Kendall Square • Petition Text
• CDD Memo January 11, 2013
• CDD Memo February 15, 2013
• Height Limits Comparison
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

April 8, 2013

Ordinance #1355

Forest City Petition to amend CRDD boundaries and regulations (#3) • Petition Text
• Final Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

February 25, 2013

Ordinance #1354

Ground Floor Cafeterias • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

January 28, 2013

Ordinance #1353

Chen Petition Principal Entrance to Entertainment Venues • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

December 6, 2012

Ordinance #1352

North Massachusetts Avenue Zoning Petition • Petition Text
• CDD Memo June 13, 2012
• Final Language
Not Available

July 30, 2012

Ordinance #1351

CJUF III Northpoint LLC Petition to Amend PUD-6 Regulations • Petition Text
Not Available

July 30, 2012

Ordinance #1350

Zoning Modifications to K-8 Public School Sites • Petition Text
• Revised Language
• Summary
Not Available

July 30, 2012

Ordinance #1349

Special District 2 Amendments (Bishop, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
• Revised Tyler Court Plan
Not Available

March 5, 2012

Ordinance #1347

Basement Housing Overlay District (Chestnut Hill Realty Petition) • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

December 19, 2011

Ordinance #1345

Side Yards in Residence C-1 (Bagedenow, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
• Staff Memo #1
• Staff Memo #2
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

December 13, 2011

Ordinance #1344

Bellis Circle Map Change (Runkel, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
• Staff Memo #1
• Staff Memo #2
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

December 13, 2011

Ordinance #1343

Enforcement (de Rahm, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
• Planning Board Recommendation
Not Available

December 11, 2011

Ordinance #1342

Bicycle Sharing Stations • Petition Text
Not Available

September 19, 2011

Ordinance #1341

Conversion of Non-Residential Structures to Residential Use • Petition Text
Not Available

August 1, 2011

Ordinance #1340

Cottage Park Ave Map Change (Fox, et al. Petition) • Petition Text
Not Available

June 9, 2011

Ordinance #1339

SD-15 (Novartis Petition) • Petition Text
Not Available

May 26, 2011

Ordinance #1338

PUD-6 North Point Amendments (McKinnon, et al. Petition) Not Available
Not Available

December 13, 2010

Ordinance #1337

Sign Ordinance Revisions Not Available
Not Available

September 27, 2010

Ordinance #1335

Rescinded

MXD Amendments (Boston Properties Petition) Not Available
Not Available

August 2, 2010

Ordinance #1334

Article 22 - Sustainable Design and Development Not Available
Not Available

May 24, 2010

Ordinance #1333

Flood Plan Overlay District Amendments Not Available
Not Available

May 24, 2010

Ordinance #1332

Wind Turbine Systems Not Available
Not Available

September 21, 2009

Ordinance #1330

Lesley Porter Overlay District Not Available
Not Available

June 22, 2009

Ordinance #1327

PUD-3A, PUD-4C (Alexandria Petition) Not Available
Not Available

February 9, 2009

Ordinance #1319

Memorial Drive Overlay District Amendments Not Available
Not Available

February 2, 2009

Ordinance #1318

Massachusetts Avenue Overlay District - Porter Square Amendments (Kaya-Ka, Inc. Petition) Not Available
Not Available

September 22, 2008

Ordinance #1316

Bicycle Parking Gross Floor Area Exclusion Not Available
Not Available

May 12, 2008

Ordinance #1315

Sections 13.42 and 13.43 Amendments (Constellation Petition) Not Available
Not Available

June 18, 2007

Ordinance #1307

Prospect Street Overlay District Not Available
Not Available

April 9, 2007

Ordinance #1305

Business A, A-1 and A-2 District Amendments Not Available Not Available

March 5, 2007

Ordinance #1304

Alewife Area Modifications Not Available
Not Available

December 4, 2006

Ordinance #1303

North Massachusetts Avenue Map Change Not Available
Not Available

November 20, 2006

Ordinance #1302

Section 5.28.2 Amendments Not Available
Not Available

October 16, 2006

Ordinance #1301

Concord Avenue Map Change (Woodford, et al. Petition) Not Available
Not Available

August 7, 2006

Ordinance #1299

Open Space Definition Modifications Not Available
Not Available

August 7, 2006

Ordinance #1298

Concord-Alewife Map Changes and Alewife Overlay Districts Not Available
Not Available

June 26, 2006

Ordinance #1297

Memorial Drive Overlay District (MSNP Cambridge Acquisition, LLC Petition) Not Available
Not Available

June 26, 2006

Ordinance #1296

Municipal Police or Fire Station Exemptions Not Available
Not Available

September 12, 2005

Ordinance #1288

Massachusetts Avenue Overlay District Amendments Not Available
Not Available

September 12, 2005

Ordinance #1286

Article 6.000 Parking Requirements Amendments Not Available
Not Available

June 6, 2005

Ordinance #1285

PUD-6 Amendments (North Point Land Company Petition) Not Available
Not Available

February 11, 2005

Ordinance #1283

Zoning Petition Filing Fee Increase Not Available
Not Available

December 6, 2004

Ordinance #1282

Tree Protection Not Available
Not Available

November 1, 2004

Ordinance #1281

Cambridgeport at Memorial Drive Map Change Not Available
Not Available

June 21, 2004

Ordinance #1276

Central Square/Cambridgeport Map Change (Roback, et al. Petition) Not Available
Not Available

February 2, 2004

Ordinance #1273

Open Space Districts Map Change Not Available
Not Available

November 3, 2003

Ordinance #1272

Rooftop Mechanical Equipment Criteria Not Available
Not Available

November 3, 2003

Ordinance #1271

Open Space Facilities Map Change Not Available
Not Available

November 3, 2003

Ordinance #1270

Special Districts 12, 13, 14 and Riverside Map Changes (Carlson, et al. Petition) Not Available
Not Available

October 27, 2003

Ordinance #1269

MDC Open Space Parcels Map Change Not Available
Not Available

October 1, 2003

Ordinance #1267

Outdoor Lighting Regulations Not Available
Not Available

June 16, 2003

Ordinance #1266

Truck Curfew Not Available
Not Available

January 27, 2003

Ordinance #1261



Explanation of Table Headings

Petition Name

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. If the language “(Refiled)” appears after the name of the petition, it indicates that this petition is one version of a petition that may have been refiled and previously considered by the City Council one or more times. 

Key Documents

Lists documents that may be especially relevant to the petition, including the petition text, memoranda from City staff or other agencies, recommendations from the Planning Board, and/or supplemental information provided by the petitioner or City staff.

PLEASE NOTE: This webpage 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

Public Hearings

Lists the dates on which public hearings were held by the Planning Board and the Ordinance Committee. Sometimes a petition is heard at multiple public hearings of the same body. "Unknown" is given where a hearing date is unknown. 

Final Ordination

Provides the final Ordinance Number and date on which the zoning amendment was ordained by the City Council. Links to the text of the ordinance and the corresponding letter of commitment (if relevant) are also included. Contact the Office of the City Clerk for additional information about ordination. 

 

For More Information

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