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Mayor Menino Announces New Hyde Park Zoning Approved by BRA Board & Zoning Commission

Feb 08, 2012

Updated February 8, 2012: The Boston Zoning Commission unanimously adopted the rezoning of Hyde Park.  The BRA Board unanimously adopted a new zoning article and updated zoning map for the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Article 69 and Map 12 of the Boston Zoning Code will be amended to reflect the adopted changes, pending approval by the Boston Zoning Commission at its February 8 meeting.  If approved, it will be the first time Hyde Park’s zoning has been updated since 1965. Hyde Park’s new zoning will strengthen the Logan and Cleary Square commercial districts while preserving the existing character of the residential areas and protecting the industrial uses in the neighborhood to preserve jobs and help those businesses thrive.  The new zoning will also protect the neighborhood’s natural assets including parklands, cemeteries, and urban plazas, and creates Boston’s first Riverfront Protection Overlay District to safeguard river resources and vegetation within 200 feet of the Neponset River and Mother Brook. The new zoning is adapted from the Hyde Park Neighborhood Strategic Plan that was developed during a two and a half year planning process in which BRA staff and a team of planning consultants led by Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge collaborated with a neighborhood Mayoral Advisory Group and the offices of Councilor Robert Consalvo and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.  The planning team held 21 public meetings to consider a multitude of factors including neighborhood land use, zoning impacts, development, historic preservation, open space, transportation, and sustainability.  The BRA board adopted the Hyde Park Neighborhood Strategic Plan in August 2011.  

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