East End Smart Growth Overlay (40R)

What is 40RThe City of Amesbury is investigating the possibility of creating a Smart Growth Overlay District (aka 40R) in the area of Route 110, Clarks Road and Elm Street.

The overarching goal of what we are calling the proposed East End Smart Growth Overlay District is to encourage a concentrated, mixed-use development along the existing commercial areas at the intersection of Route 110 and Clarks Road and Elm Street and to improve the transition between the commercial and residential neighborhoods. Adoption of a Smart Growth Overlay District will give the City more control over the process for creating well-designed, mixed-use development.

Designating a Smart Growth Overlay District is a lengthy process. The City must first submit a preliminary application to determine eligibility to the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The application requires background reports on the status of the existing zoning, the potential build-out, and the capacity of the existing infrastructure (roadway, utilities and municipal services) to support new development. The City is also required to hold a public hearing to elicit comments on the proposed Smart Growth Overlay District as part of the designation process. If DHCD approves the preliminary application the City can proceed with drafting and adopting a zoning amendment.

In order for it to be adopted, it must go before the Planning Board and City Council. Once adopted by both of these boards, the City must submit the zoning amendment to DHCD for final review and approval. Although the City is only required to hold one hearing to get public comment, the City is continually engaging residents of the abutting neighborhood and other stakeholders to gather feedback and concerns about the proposed Smart Growth Overlay District. Please check back on our progress of applying to create this Smart Growth District!

  1. Community Outreach
  2. Neighborhood Feedback

Neighborhood Meetings

The City is holding a series of neighborhood meetings to discuss the proposed zoning overlay district and get feedback from residents and other stakeholders. Meeting presentations and notes from each meeting are posted below.

East End Neighborhood District Presentation to Planning Board

East End Neighborhood Planning Workshop

  • Tuesday, March 30 | 6 to 8 pm
  • There was no presentation at this meeting

East End Neighborhood Meeting Number 3

East End Neighborhood Meeting Number 2

East End Neighborhood Meeting Number 1

East End Overlay District Public Hearing

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