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Zoning board to hold off on changes until 2020

The city council has been toying around with a major overhaul of Boston's zoning laws in recent years. The current land use and zoning law has been in place for the city for the last three decades or so, so it's only natural that the policies would be outdated in comparison to today's world. However, the mayor has put the brakes on that project, and instead is projecting completion in 2020. Recent drafts and discussions about the zoning laws have seen support, but also criticism from the public.

The city already has two large-scale development projects on its hands currently. The mayor referred to those projects in the press release, also hinting at the fact that the zoning changed will require more time and discussion to be fully ready for approval. Several neighborhoods in Boston are seeing revitalization. However, some who live there allege the area will become too big and overpopulated; thus lose its neighborhood charm, among other complaints.

One proposed development project would include 675 residential units, about 611,000 square feet of office space, a new 194-key hotel and about 64,000 square feet of retail space. This kind of growth hasn't been seen in this particular neighborhood in several decades. Located in the Riverside neighborhood, there are proponents and those that oppose of the project. The new zoning laws, set to be established in 2020, will dictate the particulars of such a large-scale project.

It's not yet been decided what the new zoning laws will look like. Some say growth is a positive thing, others could go without it and would prefer it stay the same. However, growth is inevitable in terms of the eventual development of the city.

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