Culminating a two year process the Methuen City Council voted 8-1 in favor of passing a new Master Plan for Methuen, and adopting a new city wide zoning plan that was the result of our master planning process. The zoning re-write was the first one in Methuen for over twenty years. I would like to thank Economic and Community Development Director Karen Sawyer and her staff, who worked very hard on this project. I do not wish to review the overall plan through this posting, but I will say that modernizing our zoning to recognize important new concepts in land use was imperative. Our attempt to do so created some discomfort, and we made changes based on input from the public. Our work with the neighborhoods of the city produced a better plan. My thanks to the City Councilors who worked with me to produce positive results for Methuen, and I appreciate the fact that most City Councilors were about compromising to achieve real gains for Methuen.
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If this master plan is fully implemented what is the projection for future property tax revenue?
Congratulations on the passing of the Master Plan for the City of Methuen. After twenty years it was time. I was most impressed with the long process and the inclusion of the general public particularly the neighborhoods that were directly effected.
I do not have data on that. It would not likely be accurate in any sense to try to guessestimate that number.
What type of businesses are likely to pop-up in the newly zoned Haverhill St. corridor that was highly contested?
For the lots re-zoned they are now BN (Neighborhood Business) which is a designation designed for smaller professional type commercial entities, such as insurance companies, professional offices, and similar uses. I will post (in the next day or so) the table of use regulations for BN which will give you all of the allowed uses.
So basically similar to what is already there next to the YMCA ball fields.
Now how much are businesses like that going to create a traffic nightmare? It’s not like you’re zoning for a Super Stop & Shop to be built where houses once stood!
Yes that is true, and really the point we were making in selling this idea. We recognize that existing conditions can be difficult traffic wise, but we do not believe that a major traffic issue will be brought on by our proposal.