Video: Zoning Revisions Committee Meeting of 9/2/09; Presentation on Traditional Urban Design Infill

Here is a video of the 9/2/09 meeting of Northampton’s Zoning Revisions Committee. This video is 1 hour 43 minutes long and covers the entire meeting except for a gap of about 10 minutes around the one-hour mark due to technical difficulties. The video was recorded by Benjamin Spencer. Visit his blog at Nomp-Haho.

Here is the official agenda:

Zoning Revisions Committee Meeting
Sept 2, 2009 Agenda
Room 10 (Wayne Feiden’s Office), City Hall 210 Main St

7:00 PM

1. Public comment
2. Joel presentation on traditional urban design infill
   a. Place based zoning King and Conz Corridors
3. Reports from subcommittees:
   a. Cluster rewrite- tie in to Energy and housing group
   b. Energy
   c. Housing
   d. Urban ag
4. Discuss next steps for Design/Performance
5. Discuss election of ZRC chair & vice chair
6. Meeting Dates/ location (Bridge St/ Senior Ctr?)

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To keep citizens apprised of our actions, we have a web page on the city’s website. Here you will find our schedule, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, and documents pertinent to our duties. We encourage you to give us a click.

If you want to share your thoughts with us via email, write to Also, please send an email to that address if you would like to sign up for our email list. We’ll send out regular announcements of meetings, forums and occasionally solicit feedback about our work.

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