Mayor Walsh unveils ‘streamlined’ zoning

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Tuesday the creation of a “streamlined” zoning panel that is designed to cut the waiting times for small businesses and home owners seeking “relatively minor zoning variances.”

A new subcommittee of the Zoning Board of Appeals is designed to provide expedited action for small businesses as well as for owners of one- and two-family homes looking to perform home renovations, Walsh said.

“Small businesses should not have to wait along with major development to have their zoning relief requests heard,” Walsh said in a statement. “This move will provide immediate relief while we continue to pursue more fundamental regulatory reforms and zoning updates.” 


Walsh said he took the action to a fulfill a promise that he had made in his “101 Days Report.”

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“This change will allow one- and two-family home owners and small business to request zoning relief without having to take time out of the weekday schedule to do so,” added William “Buddy” Christopher, commissioner of Inspectional Services, in a separate statement.

The first hearing of the ZBA Small Business and Owner-Occupied Residential Subcommittee is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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