Norwell: Committee to submit revised commercial zoning proposal article

The Norwell Economic Development Committee appeared before the town’s board of selectmen Wednesday night with a revised proposal to change commercial zoning districts.

The committee has revised their previous town meeting article to change commercial zoning to stimulate economic development and raise the tax base.

The previous article was rejected by a 2/3 vote at town meeting last spring.

Norwell Economic Development Committee Chair Rick Merritt said the new article addresses neighbor’s concerns about the previously proposed building height increases in commercial zones to 48 feet, by lowering it in the new proposal to 40 feet. 

“Through this revised proposal, we’ve significantly reduced any impact that would be on abutting residential properties and by attempting to address the areas where higher buildings can be constructed. On route 53, we’ve also backed away from a proposal to construct buildings as high as 48 feet and we’ve asked that to be considered at 40 feet”.

Merritt says the proposed zoning changes in business district B – the retail district of Route 53 – only covers the most southerly and northerly portions of 53 and not the majority of the road, where most businesses abut residential property.

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