Neighborhood General

The neighborhood general zone compromises most of the contiguous residential development in Pittsfield. This zone should be developed as primarily residential with some limited mixed-use development. Ideally, the neighborhoods in the city should be walkable, compact, mixed-use, mixed income developments based on the traditional neighborhood development model (TND). Infill development can be used as a tool for achieving this.

Land Uses

The Land Use in this zone is primarily residential but some mixed uses that serve the basic needs of the residents should be permitted. Examples of uses include neighborhood corner stores, child-care centers, small food services like a coffee shop, home offices and home workshops.

Instead of segregating single family and multi family dwellings, a variety of housing types should be encouraged in all neighborhoods to accommodate the diverse needs of the community. The permissible housing types therefore include single-family homes, row houses, apartment buildings, rental housing and housing for the elderly.

Building Type

The building type in this zone should be medium density with side yards and edge yards having setbacks similar to the existing structures.  The appearance of neighborhoods should be preserved by restricting infill development to the same setbacks and lot sizes as other structures in the neighborhood

Open Space

The Open space in this zone is in the form of public parks and green spaces.

Neighborhood Edge

The Neighborhood Edge is the peripheral residential development in Pittsfield. This zone is the least dense zone and most purely residential in nature.

Land Uses

The Land Use in this zone primarily consists of single family residential. Commercial and businesses uses are restricted to a small neighborhood corner store and home offices.

Building Type

The building type in this zone is low density, built on relatively large lots with substantial setbacks on all sides.

Open Space

The Open space in this zone is in the form of public parks and green spaces.

Rural

This transect zone encompasses the open farmlands surrounding the city of Pittsfield. The open land in this zone should be protected from development and preserved as open space until all other development areas closer to the city have been exhausted. This can be done through Transfer of Development Rights.

The city should also identify ecologically sensitive areas in this zone like stream and waterway buffers, wetlands etc. that should be preserved in their natural state of perpetuity.

Districts

These are special zones created to accommodate uses that are necessary and beneficial to the city but are not provided for in the code. Examples include the Pittsfield Work Camp, Penstone Airport, and the Industrial Park. The creation of districts should however be minimized and subject to an approval process involving public hearings.

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