The Mayor's Office and Planning Department are working on creating new zoning for the Bass River Area - a prime opportunity in Beverly, and the region, to help meet the City's housing and economic needs through transit-oriented development and to provide better public access to the Bass River waterfront.
Proximity to the Depot Train Station
Open up public access to the river
Opportunity for climate resilient mitigation
Meet the City’s housing need
Economic development through new investment
Knit together the Bass River with downtown
Create a great place
Meetings - City Hosted
Community Meeting on Design Standards for the Bass River: January 25th, 2022 at 7:00pm (Virtual Meeting)
Meet with the Mayor: October 4th from 5:30-6:45 PM @ Ryal Side Civic Association
Meet with the Mayor: October 18th from 5:30-6:45 @ Gillis Park
Community meeting on Bass River Overlay District and Planning: September 27, 2021 at 7:00pm (Virtual Meeting)
Meetings - Community Hosted
Ryal Side Civic Association meeting: March 1, 2022 at 7:00pm @ Ayers Ryal Side Elementary
Ward 2 Civic Association meeting: March 28, 2022 at7:30pm @ Beverly City Hall
Ryal Side Civic Association meeting: April 12, 2022 at 6:30pm @ Ayers Ryal Side Elementary
Of the nine (9) multi-family residential projects opened in Downtown Beverly since 2017, which together have nearly 450 units, there are twelve (12) students currently enrolled in the Beverly Public School District (Pre-K through Grade 12). Therefore, the ratio of students living in newly constructed TOD-style multi-family development is approximately 1 student for every 33 units (or 0.03 students per unit). This is similar to date analysis we conducted in 2017.
Beverly Bass River District Vision and Action Plan
This planning effort began in summer 2013 and was funded by the Barr Foundation. The Bass River industrial district and adjacent downtown areas were targeted in the City's 2002 Master Plan and MAPC's 2011 North Shore Priority Development and Priority Preservation Plan for appropriate compact, mixed use design with accompanying improvements in transportation safety and connectivity to create additional opportunities for economic activity, waterfront recreation and housing. See a map of the study area (BMP).
MAPC and the City worked with residents and property owners, businesses and Councilors to create the 2014 Beverly Bass River District Vision and Action Plan, which furthered those recommendations by developing the vision for the area and providing recommendations for how to achieve that vision.