The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here.
This week: Accessory apartments, taxes, opiods.
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- Rezoning 1097 Pleasant St: Allyn Jones has a citizen petition asking 1 Tiverton Parkway and the adjacent 1097 Pleasant St to have their zoning changed so the whole parcel is commercial.
- Accessory Apartments: Attorney Donald J. O’Neill is submitting a petition from Guri Dura and Marjeta Skenderi asking that zoning rules be changed such that people can create “accessory apartments” by splitting off part of their existing dwelling, with a permit. I am not really sure what this means, but I am very much in favor of expanding our housing options.
- Single Tax Rate: For many years, Worcester has had different property tax rates for residential and commercial properties. The Council’s Economic Development Committee requests that the City Manager, Chamber of Commerce, and Research Bureau write up a report on how things have gone in Auburn since that town switched to a single property tax rate.
- Resurfacing More Streets: Councilor Rosen has an item asking for a report on ideas that would allow the city to resurface streets and sidewalks more quickly. At the moment, once you have put in a resurfacing request with the city, I believe it takes around 2 years for the resurfacing to happen.
- Suing Drug Companies: Mayor Petty will ask the Manager about Worcester suing opiod manufacturers and distributors, presumably for the problems their products have cause the city and its residents.
- Finance Committee: At some point, this Council meeting will temporarily become a Finance Committee meeting as councilors consider Councilor Lukes’s proposal to reduce taxes based on how our finances have gone so far this year.