Fitchburg Vacant Lots

Location Fitchburg Massachusetts
Organization City of Fitchburg, Montachusett Opportunity Council, Montachusett Regional Planning Council, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Fun ‘n FITchburg

The City of Fitchburg, along with the Montachusett Opportunity Council, the Montachusett Regional Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Fun 'n FITchburg, conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) that examined the City of Fitchburg's proposals for the redevelopment of vacant lots around the city. The city considered several strategies for the lots, including zoning reform to allow for urban agriculture such as community gardens, farmers markets, and tree farms; rain gardens and off-street parking with permeable surfaces for stormwater management; and zoning reform or other policy options to allow development of community cultural spaces.

The report concluded that the vacant lots should be developed according to the needs of the neighborhoods in which they are located. It recommended that Fitchburg improve security in each neighborhood by building fences or barriers, ensuring that converted lots are well-lit, and increasing police presence.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2013
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Built Environment
  • Organization Type Government Agency