Single/Two Family Zoning Review

Our guest at the February 18th meeting will be Councilor Patty Nolan (zoom link below)!



The council is starting to discuss whether we should consider changing our zoning citywide, which currently includes some single family only zones, (including much of Avon Hill) and 2-family only zones (including other parts of Avon Hill and some of the area around Porter Square).  The idea of changing that part of our zoning, which restricts some areas in terms of how many units can be on a lot, started to be discussed the last couple of years by both advocates and residents. Cities around the country have started to strip away the single and two family ONLY zoning, starting with Minneapolis and the state of Oregon essentially up-zoned state-wide to move away from single family zoning.  While Cambridge is unique and does not necessarily share the same qualities as the cities that have moved forward so far, it seems like a good time for a conversation about whether a zoning change would address some of the housing segregation and affordability issues here. That is why the council last December unanimously passed an order that Councillors McGovern, SobrinhoWheeler, Simmons and I submitted to discuss this idea . That meeting will be Wednesday FEb. 17 at 2 pm. I would love to hear from PSNA and talk about the idea of how we might approach this zoning change. I note there is a specific proposal for a citywide zoning change - referred to as the MIssing MIddle. That petition includes zoning language. I, and the whole council, support the idea of a citywide zoning change - but we do not have specific language to propose yet since we wanted to have community input and uncover what things to consider before drafting zoning language. I am happy to answer questions about anything else also. 


Here is the link- 




Also, check out this Cambridge Day article out:


   *We are in the process of reviewing the PSNA bylaws (available at and hope to have a copy of proposed revisions available before our March 2021 meeting for review and discussion. A final revision reflecting the comments gathered at that meeting will be posted before the April 2021 meeting, when we will vote to approve them, and hold our delayed election of officers.


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Topic: PSNA February Meeting

Time: Feb 18, 2021 7:00-9:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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