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 Policy Order Resolution
  Calendar item #5
  April 7, 2014
  April 28, 2014

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge is a community that proudly values inclusion and makes extraordinary efforts to provide economic opportunity, social justice and housing opportunities for residents at all income levels; and
WHEREAS: The City Council recognizes that a diverse set of values exists in our City and further recognizes that our City government must respond to the needs and viewpoints of all neighborhoods, residents and business partners; and 
WHEREAS: The City Council understands that a sensible approach to future development should be preserved, and that the amount of development that has occurred in our community has provided social and economic benefits to our residents, while also understanding that residents have questioned or have been unhappy with several recent projects; and
WHEREAS: Neighborhood organizations have expressed difficulty and frustration understanding the complexity of the City's Master Plan, knowing when and where future development is being targeted,  the quality and quantity of affordable housing, as well as difficulty understanding the City's unified vision for development, long-term transportation planning, relief of traffic congestion and open space plans; now therefore be it 


That the Cambridge Community Development Department shall hold a series of public meetings to discuss the range of planning and zoning issues that have recently been in active discussion across the city, including, but not limited to, all varieties of housing (such as affordable, middle income, or other types of housing units), the amount, type and location of new and existing development, pre-fabricated units, transportation, congestion, open space, streetscape design, building design, sustainability, infrastructure and economic development; and be it further 


At the conclusion of this series of meetings, the Community Development Department shall report back to the City Council with the comments and suggestions from these meetings, and recommendations for moving forward on any additional short range and long range planning work that is recommended as an outgrowth of these discussions.  

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