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Marlborough City Council approves new mixed-use downtown zoning district

BANKER & TRADESMAN – The Marlborough City Council on Monday night unanimously passed a rezoning proposal designed to spur downtown development.

The resulting mixed-use Marlborough Village District introduces a number of major changes to the city’s zoning ordinance, including redefining allowable uses for new developments, relaxing parking requirements for new businesses, and revising design standards for new buildings.

New building uses include bed and breakfasts, brewpubs, music recording studios and residential projects. The town hopes these regulations will also encourage businesses to create pedestrian-friendly amenities, like outdoor seating, patios, porches and courtyards.

The city council vote was the culmination of more than a year of municipal planning and public sessions, led by the Marlborough Economic Development Corp., in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and members of the Marlborough City Council, local residents and business leaders.

“We wanted to design a downtown that can both celebrate the charm and history of Marlborough, and bring buzz and excitement to our streets,” Marlborough City Councilor and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Joe Delano said in a statement. “Our vision now is to build value in the city’s downtown area by offering more service and entertainment options for our residents and visitors, and more opportunities for our existing and new businesses.”

This article originally appeared here.