East Milton Square Mixed-Use Overlay Zoning

Overview

The Planning Board and the Department of Planning & Community Development are working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to develop a mixed-use overlay zoning district in East Milton Square. This effort continues years of planning and visioning in the neighborhood, most recently the East Milton Square visioning work that led to Looking Forward: East Milton Square.

Mixed-Use Zoning is zoning that allows for a deliberate mix of housing, civic uses, and commercial uses, including retail, restaurants, and offices. This is in contrast to traditional zoning that separates allowable uses from each other. 

This zoning initiative is an "overlay" district. This means that the current underlying zoning remains in place. Property owners may choose to develop according to the underlying zoning or, alternatively, according to our new mixed-use zoning provisions. The overlay encourages coordinated, cohesive development.

Community Survey

We have developed a brief community survey to help guide this planning process, and we are grateful for the time taken to fill it out. 

Analysis of the survey responses were provided by MAPC staff at the February 8 meeting of the Planning Board, and can be viewed in the presentation below.

Resources

ResourceDescriptionDate
MAPC February Update Presentation to Planning BoardPresentation by Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff to the Planning Board on survey results and proposed vision for overlay zoningFebruary 8, 2024
East Milton Square Mixed-Use Overlay Zoning Community Presentation Recording
Recording by Milton Access TV of the East Milton Square Mixed-Use Overlay Zoning community meetingNovember 6, 2023
East Milton Square Mixed-Use Overlay Zoning Community Presentation
Presentation materials from MAPC from the East Milton Square Mixed-Use Overlay Zoning community meetingNovember 6, 2023
MAPC October Update Presentation to Planning Board
Presentation by Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff to the Planning Board, discussing scheduling of outreach events
October 5, 2023
MAPC September Update Presentation to Planning Board
Presentation by Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff to the Planning Board, discussing preliminary outreach to stakeholders
September 28, 2023
Community Engagement Strategy
Engagement strategy document prepared by MAPC for creating a process that is open, inclusive, and transparentSeptember 22, 2023
MAPC Kickoff Presentation to Planning Board
Presentation by Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff to the Planning Board, introducing the overlay zoning processAugust 10, 2023