The Zoning and Planning Committee of the Board of Aldermen will hold  a public hearing on a proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance (section
30 of the City Ordinance) as it relates to residential Floor Area
Ratio (FAR), which regulates how much mass may be built above grade in
one and two family homes in residential zoning districts. The proposal
has two main parts: it recommends a new sliding scale of FAR limits
that are tied to lot size and zoning district, and it recommends
counting more elements (such as detached garages and portions of third stories and basements) in the calculation of FAR. The Committee encourages you to attend this public hearing to learn about the proposal and to offer your feedback. Details about the proposal can be found at http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/Aldermen/Agendas/ZoneAgenda.htm.

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