The City of Gloucester has started the public process for the development of a new zoning district for the waterfront neighborhood of East Gloucester removed from the Designated Port Area (DPA) in 2014.
The neighborhood of East Gloucester is predominantly zoned as Marine Industrial (MI) but currently consists of a mix of uses including residential, commercial, marine industrial, and marine commercial. Some of the current uses are not allowed in the MI zone, including residential. The City is considering the creation of a new type of water-dependent zoning district that could preserve existing uses as well as accommodate a future mix of residential, commercial, and marine uses. The City has hired the Urban Harbor Institute to create zoning recommendations based on public feedback that would take into account state and federal regulations such as those associated with public access to the waterfront and flood risk, including but not limited to Chapter 91 and the FEMA floodplain regulations.
The goal of this process is to develop options for a zoning district through a public process that can accommodate a mix of residential and commercial waterfront uses, provide required public waterfront access, and encourage future development that conforms to the needs and desires of the community.
If you have questions, please contact the Planning Division at 978.325-5242.