Greater City Providence

City Plan Commission Meeting (July 20)


TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 – 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903


Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of meeting minutes from June 15th 2010- for action


1. Referral 3330 – Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance to permit
outdoor seating in the D-1 Zone

Petition to permit outdoor seating in the D-1 Zone regardless of whether seating is provided indoors. – for action. (Downcity)

The D-1 Zone is:

D-1 Downtown|Central Business District. This zone is intended to encourage revitalization and restoration of the historic core business area and to accommodate appropriate expansion of the downtown area. A variety of business, financial, institutional, public, quasi-public, cultural, residential, and other related uses are encouraged in the downtown area. Compatible and appropriate mixed uses are encouraged to promote commercial, retail and other business activity at street levels; residential, retail, and office uses on the upper floors; and to preserve and foster the economic vitality of the downtown. See Downcity District overlay zone for additional regulations.

Agenda continued:

2. Referral 3331 – Petition to rezone Lots 520, 159, 158, 539 and 540 on Asessor’s Plat 28 from R-3 to C-1
The applicant wishes to rezone the aforementioned lots commonly known as 386
Atwells Avenue
, 388-390 Atwells Avenue, 4-6 Hewett Street and 8-10 Hewett Street from R-3 to C-1. – for action. (Federal Hill)


Agenda [.pdf]

The R-3 Zone is:

R-3 Three-Family District. This zone is intended for medium and low density residential areas comprised of structures containing single-family dwelling units, two-family dwelling units and three-family dwelling units located on lots with a minimum land area of five thousand (5,000) square feet and a minimum land area of two thousand (2,000) square feet per dwelling unit.

The C-1 Zone is:

C-1 Limited Commercial District. This zone is intended for neighborhood commercial/residential areas that primarily serve local neighborhood needs for convenience retail, services and professional office establishments.

In theory, commercial development on Hewett Street is not a bad idea, but it would certainly be nice to know what the plan was before approving the zoning change. I guess I’ll be attending this meeting.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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