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Neighborhood groups host zoning forums

The Bay State Village and Leeds Civic associations are jointly sponsoring a public forum to review proposed zoning changes. The Planning Board has recommended reductions in frontage and lot size requirements that will allow additional housing in most neighborhoods in the city.

The forum is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Northampton High School. Senior Planner Carolyn Misch will illustrate these changes using existing lots and buildings in both neighborhoods and will answer questions and record comments.

The new zoning is one of the goals of a sustainable Northampton. The City Council is expected to act on these recommendations in the coming weeks.

For more detailed information, go to the city’s website www.northamptonma.gov/opd. Under “Hot Topics” click on “Proposed Residential District Changes. Look particularly at “Excerpts from The ZRC “ (Zoning Revisions Committee) and the dimensional changes to the URB (Urban Residential B). Most of the proposed changes in Bay State and Leeds are now zoned URB.

For information on the forum, contact Alex Ghiselin at aghiselin@comcast.net or Alice Badecker alicebadecker@comcast.net.

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