Winter Hill Plan Implementation

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The Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan was finalized in November of 2016. It highlights three key actions:

  1. Prioritize interaction and involvement with community members.
  2. Develop a pro-business environment by rejuvenating the Broadway commercial main street.
  3. Reconnect Winter Hill to the rest of the city, both physically and culturally.

Since the plan was adopted by Planning Board, the City has undertaken many efforts to pursue the goals outlined in the plan, including the Winter Hill in Motion project. Currently, the SRA is considering an Urban Renewal Plan to further support the implementation of the Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan.

Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan

From June 2019 through March 2020, City staff hosted meetings, 1:1 conversations, and office hours to explore whether the community would be interested in the City using eminent domain to take the vacant Star Market property and other nearby sites. The general consensus, from nearly a hundred participants, was yes.

As a result, City staff has prepared a Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft. Download the PDF of the draft here, or read a summary of what’s included here.

Currently (8/7/2020), the draft plan is with the SRA for approval.

To become adopted, the Plan must be approved by four different bodies:

SRA

  • August 19th: The SRA will discuss the plan and hear public comments.
  • September Meeting: The SRA will discuss the plan and may decide to vote on whether to approve the plan.

Planning Board

Date(s) TBD: The Planning Board will discuss and decide whether to vote for approval on the plan.

City Council

Date(s) TBD: The City Council will discuss and hold a public hearing regarding the plan before voting on whether to approve the plan.

State’s Department of Housing and Community Development

Once the Plan is approved by the required local entities, the State reviews it to ensure it meets legal requirements.

How to Participate

There are many opportunities to weigh in on the Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft:

  1. Email comments for the SRA to LDrago@SomervilleMA.gov. Lauren will compile the comments and share them with the SRA members. To ensure SRA members can review your comments before their August meeting, please email them by the end of day Friday, August 14. All comments after that date will be compiled for the September meeting instead.
  2. Attend the August 19 SRA Meeting or September SRA Meeting and share your comments during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. Please note that comments are limited to two minutes per person.
  3. Email your Councilor, who may be voting on whether to approve this plan later in the year.
  4. If you have not already, sign up for our email list to get updates on this project.

Para mantenerse en contacto con este proyecto, únase a nuestra lista de boletines por correo electrónico o vuelva a visitar este sitio. Para obtener información sobre este proyecto, comuníquese con 617-666-3311 o por correo electrónico SomerVivaEspanol@SomervilleMA.gov.

Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pwojè sa se yon fason pou aplike plan ki genyen pou katye Winter Hill la. Pou entèpretasyon sou pwojè sa, tanpri kontakte 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

Português: Este projeto trata da implementação do Plano de Vizinhança de Winter Hill. Para tradução em português sobre este projeto, entre em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

The Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan was finalized in November of 2016. It highlights three key actions:

  1. Prioritize interaction and involvement with community members.
  2. Develop a pro-business environment by rejuvenating the Broadway commercial main street.
  3. Reconnect Winter Hill to the rest of the city, both physically and culturally.

Since the plan was adopted by Planning Board, the City has undertaken many efforts to pursue the goals outlined in the plan, including the Winter Hill in Motion project. Currently, the SRA is considering an Urban Renewal Plan to further support the implementation of the Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan.

Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan

From June 2019 through March 2020, City staff hosted meetings, 1:1 conversations, and office hours to explore whether the community would be interested in the City using eminent domain to take the vacant Star Market property and other nearby sites. The general consensus, from nearly a hundred participants, was yes.

As a result, City staff has prepared a Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft. Download the PDF of the draft here, or read a summary of what’s included here.

Currently (8/7/2020), the draft plan is with the SRA for approval.

To become adopted, the Plan must be approved by four different bodies:

SRA

  • August 19th: The SRA will discuss the plan and hear public comments.
  • September Meeting: The SRA will discuss the plan and may decide to vote on whether to approve the plan.

Planning Board

Date(s) TBD: The Planning Board will discuss and decide whether to vote for approval on the plan.

City Council

Date(s) TBD: The City Council will discuss and hold a public hearing regarding the plan before voting on whether to approve the plan.

State’s Department of Housing and Community Development

Once the Plan is approved by the required local entities, the State reviews it to ensure it meets legal requirements.

How to Participate

There are many opportunities to weigh in on the Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft:

  1. Email comments for the SRA to LDrago@SomervilleMA.gov. Lauren will compile the comments and share them with the SRA members. To ensure SRA members can review your comments before their August meeting, please email them by the end of day Friday, August 14. All comments after that date will be compiled for the September meeting instead.
  2. Attend the August 19 SRA Meeting or September SRA Meeting and share your comments during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. Please note that comments are limited to two minutes per person.
  3. Email your Councilor, who may be voting on whether to approve this plan later in the year.
  4. If you have not already, sign up for our email list to get updates on this project.

Para mantenerse en contacto con este proyecto, únase a nuestra lista de boletines por correo electrónico o vuelva a visitar este sitio. Para obtener información sobre este proyecto, comuníquese con 617-666-3311 o por correo electrónico SomerVivaEspanol@SomervilleMA.gov.

Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pwojè sa se yon fason pou aplike plan ki genyen pou katye Winter Hill la. Pou entèpretasyon sou pwojè sa, tanpri kontakte 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

Português: Este projeto trata da implementação do Plano de Vizinhança de Winter Hill. Para tradução em português sobre este projeto, entre em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

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