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Town Meeting will consider Tapleyville zoning proposal

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The Feb. 3 Special Town Meeting will consider a proposed zoning measure aimed at encouraging a mix of residential and commercial uses in Tapleyville, an area close to the downtown and the Danvers Rail Trail. The area, near the intersection of Pine and Holten streets, is currently zoned industrial, but has been transitioning to mixed uses, according to Kate Day, the town’s senior planner. She said an example is the redevelopment of the former Methodist church at 78 Holten St., where a café is planned for the ground floor and six housing units above. The zoning measure is intended to promote those types of mixed-use projects by allowing them on a by-right basis. Current zoning does not allow any residential uses in that district, so developers of mixed-use projects have had to obtain a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The proposed change would leave intact the district’s industrial zone, but allow the option of the expanded uses.

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