The Town of Barrington is exploring options for amending zoning along the Bay Spring Avenue corridor

Why? The Town would like the corridor’s zoning to better reflect the neighborhood’s vision for the future, including both things that should stay the same and things that may change. Please help us by answering this brief survey.  Depending on much much time you spend thinking about each question, this should take no more than 15 minutes.

* 1. What are 3 things you love about the Bay Spring Ave. corridor that you want to PRESERVE for the future? (Think about housing, local businesses, the natural environment, community institutions, etc.)

* 2. What are 3 aspects of the corridor that need to be STRENGTHENED or improved? (Again, think about housing, local businesses, the natural environment, community institutions, etc.)

* 3. Is there anything missing on the corridor that you’d like to have? Are there any parts of the corridor that could be TRANSFORMED to accommodate these missing things? List up to 3 ideas. (Think about infrastructure, housing, local businesses, the natural environment, community institutions, etc.)

* 4. How important is it for you to have shops, services, restaurants, etc. located on the corridor? Mark "0" for Not At All Important and "10" for Very Important.

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* 5. How important is it for you to be able to walk or bike to local shops, services, restaurants, etc.? Mark "0" for Not At All Important and "10" for Very Important.

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* 6. There appear to be many artisans and “makers” in the residential portions of this neighborhood. Do you believe zoning should explicitly allow such residents to work from their homes?

* 7. There are some specific decisions the Town of Barrington would like to make regarding the Neighborhood Business (NB) zoning district.  The south side of Bay Spring Avenue is zoned NB from Washington Rd to the East Bay Bike Path, and the north side from Washington Rd to Bella Rd.  Currently, first floor residential units within mixed-use buildings are not allowed in this zone.  There are pros and cons to this approach. First floor residential, if allowed, could provide homes that are physically accessible for the elderly or other people who have trouble using stairs. On the other hand, if the neighborhood would like to maintain a limited scale of locally serving retail and services, they will need first floor spaces in the NB zone in which to locate.


What do you think?  Please rate the options below from 1 to 5; 1 being an option you believe the Town should not explore and 5 being an option you believe should be a very high priority for the Town to explore. Feel free to explain your answers or write an option of your own.

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Continue to prohibit first floor residential units in mixed-use buildings like we do today
Allow a certain percentage of first floor residential (some commercial/some residential)
Allow flexible live/work spaces (that could be residential and/or commercial) on first floors
Allow first floor residential, but designed in a way that doesn’t preclude commercial uses in the future
Allow unlimited first floor residential , and let the market decide what gets built, which could include apartment buildings

* 8. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

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