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Final community meeting on Dorchester Ave. rezoning set for Wednesday night

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 25, 2012 12:16 PM

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The area along Dorchester Avenue that is currently its own zoning district.

After nearly a year-and-a-half, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is ready to unveil its recommendations for the rezoning of Dorchester Avenue.

The process looked at ways to better integrate the avenue into the Dorchester neighborhood zoning code. The avenue was rezoned in 1992 and is considered its own zoning district, differentiating itself from the greater Dorchester code.

The new plan would simplify and consolidate the code and work to spur development and neighborhood approved projects.

Residents will get their chance Wednesday night to provide input on the changes that will soon be coming to the avenue that runs the length of Dorchester.

The adjustments to the code will make some practical changes to Dorchester Avenue, such as reducing the number of parking spaces required for a new business to open.

The BRA, along with its working advisory group, also reviewed what types of uses they would like to see on Dorchester Avenue. Some suggestions in the report include changing an art gallery from a "conditional" use, meaning it would have to be reviewed by the community, to an "allowed" use, which means a gallery can open up without a community process.

Other changes to the "use regulations" included changing a multi-family dwelling from an "allowed" use to a "conditional" use and changing a restaurant in the commercial district from a "forbidden" use, meaning it is not allowed, to a "conditional" use, opening up doors for an influx of dining establishments and development along the avenue.

Wednesday's meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Viet-AID Community Center at 42 Charles St.

Following the community meeting, the BRA will begin its 30 day comment period to solicit feedback from the community.

To find out more information about the project the BRA has set up a project page.

Email Patrick D. Rosso, patrick.d.rosso@gmail.com. Follow him @PDRosso, or friend him on Facebook.

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