Zoning changes require a two-thirds vote of city councilors, and so last night’s vote of 6-5 regarding changing Storey Avenue’s designation from residential to business failed to muster enough affirmative votes to pass.
My rationale for voting the ordinance down stemmed from meeting with Clipper Way residents and Atria Merrimack Place residents during the recent campaign season, who, despite not being direct abutters, are peripheral abutters who are naturally concerned about increased traffic if a proposed CVS pharmacy is built at the corner of Storey and Low.
That said, I’m open to discussing the issue further — and voting on the prevailing side, I filed this morning a notice to reconsider my vote.
What this means is the next council meeting of November 28 will include this ordinance again in the agenda.
My intent is to offer the ordinance proponents a second chance to respond to all of the questions that were raised last night about traffic, light cycles, and spot zoning. Maybe it will be voted on the 28th, or maybe it will be referred to a committee for more deliberation. Time will tell.