Bass River Area Rezoning Effort

The City of Beverly Planning Department presented a draft zoning amendment for the Bass River neighborhood at a public meeting held on January 19, 2017. The proposed Bass River Neighborhood zoning amendment seeks to create a vibrant transit oriented mixed-use neighborhood with improved public access to the Bass River waterfront. The Planning Department and City Administration have met with many stakeholders, and property owners in proximity to the target area, and worked with the Bass River Advisory Group to create a zoning amendment that meets the objectives of the Bass River District Plan (2014) and Beverly Master Plan (2002), and is responsive to comments received throughout the public outreach process.

Follow this link to review the presentation.

View BevCam’s video recording of the 1/19/17 meeting by clicking below:

Project Background & Documents

The City of Beverly Planning Department has been working over the past year to develop a zoning amendment for land along the Bass River adjacent to River Street. The rezoning effort derives from the Bass River District Vision + Action Plan (the “Bass River Study”) conducted in 2013-14 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with the Planning Department. The Plan provides a vision for future development in the area that takes advantage of public transportation, incorporates a mix of land uses that will ultimately create new opportunities for economic activity, improved public waterfront access, and housing. One of the key recommendations for achieving that vision is to implement new zoning regulations for the area.

More information about the Bass River Study, including a full copy of the report, can be found by clicking the link above or in the navigation menu at left.

City Planning staff kicked-off the planning process for the Bass River Neighborhood zoning amendment at a meeting held on January 28, 2016. During the meeting Planning staff reviewed the Bass River Study and discussed how it will inform the drafting of a new zoning district for the area and seek input from the public. Following is a link to power point presentation: Bass River Kickoff Presentation.

Map of Proposed Bass River Neighborhood Zoning District

A map of the proposed zoning district can also be found here.