Public Hearing for Bedford’s Revised Industrial Mixed-Use Zoning Amendment on September 16

Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Bedford’s Economic Development Coordinator

Economic-Development600The Bedford Planning Board is working on revising the Industrial Mixed Use Zoning for Bedford, and a public hearing has been scheduled for September 16.

The proposal is described below and readers can click this link for the actual ordinance language.

The Industrial Mixed Use special permit bylaw replaces existing Section 15 in the Bedford Zoning Bylaw in its entirety.

[The new language] eliminates the residential mixed use option and creates a vigorous new economic development tool for the town’s future. It does so by incorporating a broadened and fine-tuned list of economic uses that are prospering or emerging in Massachusetts and the region and then adding logically complementary uses such as hotels and restaurants and carefully chosen retail uses, with the intent of closely integrating this activity  in campus configurations or in a single building. Incentives for the market to use this provision are also offered, in the form of design flexibility and small density bonuses.

A high premium is placed on site design and providing amenities and aesthetic features associated with each development or redevelopment, including pedestrian and bicycle travel.

Please contact the Bedford Planning Department at 781-275-1548 if you have any questions about the details of the ordinance.

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