Join Cecil Group Principal, Steve Cecil this Thursday (June 7, 2012) as he joins David Spitz, Town Planner for Harwich and Jonathan Tucker, Planning Director for Amherst as they speak about innovative zoning proposals at the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors conference in Springfield, Mass.
Innovative Zoning Proposals: Proposed new zoning for the East Harwich Village Center involves Smart Growth, village planning, design guidelines, Natural Resource Protection District, wastewater planning and more. Following many years of public process and civic engagement, consensus on the proposal has not been reached. However, there is a great deal to learn from this “work in progress” experience. Likewise, proposed “form based” zoning in two sections of Amherst achieved 60% of the vote at a fall 2011 Town Meeting, but failed to receive the required 2/3 majority. Town Meeting is expected to take up this matter again before June. Principals involved with both projects will share their experience and insights regarding the substance and process of these innovative mixed-use zoning proposals.