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Stakehowders Encouraged To Participate In Next Phase Of Transit-Oriented Zoning Efforts


Town Administrator Chas Carey encourages Brookline residents and community stakeholders to participate in an upcoming meeting as part of the 3rd phase of its work related to the MBTA Communities Act.

The meeting will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday, August 01, 2023,at 12:30 p.m.. To register, please visit here.

The Town of Brookline is proposing a zoning update for Harvard Street that would meet the Town’s affordable housing goals, reinforce its 3.5- to 4-story main street character, and facilitate modestly paced housing and commercial growth with objective design standards for more predictable outcomes.

These design standards are informed by four phases of community workshops, facilitated by zoning expert Opticos Design and the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).

Nearly 300 community stakeholders participated in phase one and phase two workshops, which covered topics like improved accessibility, quality building materials, human-scale building heights, preservation of historic structures, protection of public shade trees and richly varied uses on the ground floor.

Phase four of the project will consist of public meetings with Town boards. Community members are invited to attend and provide feedback about the draft zoning language.

Phase four meeting dates are as follows:

  • Planning Board: Wednesday, August 02, 2023;
  • Preservation Commission: Tuesday, August 08, 2023;
  • Select Board: Tuesday, August 15, 2023.

Additional dates may be scheduled at the discretion of the boards. Town boards may vote to support or authorize a Warrant Article for Harvard Street zoning for Town Meeting by the August 31, 2023 deadline.

To learn more about the Harvard Street MBTA-CA zoning proposal, please visit here.