September 27, 2021
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Public Meeting: Proposed Bass River Overlay District
Monday, September 27, 2021
Please join us for a presentation and discussion about the proposed Bass River Overlay District along River Street across from the Beverly Depot Train Station. This proposed zoning amendment follows recommendations from both the current and prior Master Plans that have recognized this area as an important opportunity to help meet our community's significant housing and economic development needs.
Excerpt from the 2021 PlanBeverly Master Plan
With close proximity to the Beverly Depot and Downtown businesses, the Bass River area is the City’s near-term focus for transit oriented development, with a goal to transform the area into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. The Bass River waterfront was identified as an important district for potential rezoning during several earlier planning processes, including the 2002 Master Plan, the 2014 Bass River District Vision and Action Plan, and the 2019 Harbor/Waterfront Plan. Rezoning the area will allow opportunities for mixed-use, including retail and residential at a scale appropriate to neighborhood development. Critical to any redevelopment vision in this area will be providing a well-connected open space network and maximizing public waterfront access, partly necessitated by Chapter 91 regulations. Future development should include a thoughtful balance of open space, waterfront access, an improved street network and a mix of residential and commercial office/retail activity.
The redevelopment recommendations for the Bass River area in this plan include reviewing and updating the City’s Zoning Ordinances to allow multifamily and mixed-use residential to be built by right, and considering design standards for private development including height limitations and requirements for open space. The recommendations encourage the development of a neighborhood vision with a mix of building types, with smaller scale buildings along the riverfront and buildings with a height limitation of five stories along River Street.