Kendrick Place, north town center (before the snowstorm)
The backlash over Planning Board approval of Kendrick Place, a 5-story "mixed use" commercial building with 36 units of rental apartments, and the much l-a-r-g-e-r One East Pleasant Street (80 rental units), which is already delayed by a nuisance lawsuit filed by a disgruntled competitor, has now taken a more ominous form:
Two poison pill zoning articles filed yesterday by Mary Wentworth designed to prevent any such projects from being approved in the future.
Proposed One East Pleasant Street (also north town center)
Since both projects are located in the downtown "Municipal Parking District" they are not required to provide any parking, although the proposed One East Pleasant will have 36 onsite spaces available.
Article #1 strike "residential" from parking exemptions in downtown
Under Ms. Wentworth's zoning article #1 developers would be required to provide parking for every single resident, and zoning article #2 gives a higher threshold of commercial space required (thus dramatically reducing rental housing units) for a "mixed use" designation and would require a harder to get "Special Permit".
Article #2: increase % of commercial, require Special Permit from ZBA
Since these two Archipelago Investments, LLC projects are already approved, they would of course be grandfathered.
A zoning article requires a two-thirds vote of Town Meeting, so the chances of these articles passing this coming spring are not all that good.
Most of the rational pro-development zoning measures that have come before Town Meeting have failed because of the high hurdle of a two-thirds super majority, but they almost always attracted a majority vote.
Now at least, the shoe is on the other foot.