City Council to Consider Hale and Stevens Streets Zoning Changes

Haverhill City Hall. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The Haverhill City Council is being asked to amend zoning regulations for the Hale Street-Stevens Street industrial zone to allow future developments by special permit.

On Tuesday’s meeting agenda, Haverhill Economic Development and Planning Director William H. Pillsbury will ask councilors to schedule a public hearing on the proposed zoning amendment during its Aug. 25 meeting and also refer it to the Haverhill Planning Board for a recommendation during its meeting Aug. 12.

“The Industrial General (IG) zone including Stevens Street and Hale Street is an area of significant transition and as such the zoning amendment changes all uses currently labeled “P”—permitted, to “S” —special permit by the city council. This will enable an appropriate level of review of projects proposed for the area,” Pillsbury said.

In a related matter, the city council is also being asked to approve amending the Zoning Table of Use and Parking Regulations to reflect the proposed special permit zoning process. That is expected to be placed on file for council discussion in two weeks.

Also on the agenda, Pillsbury is requesting a similar hearing for approval of a “minor technical amendment” to a signage design review process in the Merrimack Street portion of the Waterfront Zoning District.”

The Haverhill city council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.