The Town Core

The Central Business District of Pittsfield is the town core of the city. It should be developed and maintained as the densest business, cultural and institutional center in the city. It should be the most diverse zone in the city accommodating multiple uses.

Land Use

Land use in this transect zone is open – uses that fit in with the density and building type requirements and have no adverse effects to the surrounding environment are permissible. Uses that do not produce undesirable elements like noise, pollution, vibrations, and unpleasant odors, do not require storage in the yards and do not create traffic hazards through truck/trailer parking are permissible.

Exihibit 3.3 - North Side View of the Central Business District

Retail uses should be encouraged on the first floor level to create a vibrant street environment. A combination of residential, services, and other businesses should be promoted in the higher stories.

Building Type

The building type in this zone should be high density multistoried buildings that can provide continuous street walls. To the extent possible any new buildings should have similar architectural qualities as existing buildings, especially in historic neighborhoods and districts.The buildings should have very shallow or no setbacks, rear yards and courtyards instead of front yards. For example – attached buildings with first floor arcades, shop fronts, stoops or forecourts.

Exihibit 3.4 - West Side View of the Business District

Open Space

Open space should be designed as public squares and plazas defined by buildings of civic importance and/or popular use.

The Town Center

The region surrounding the town core of Pittsfield is the town center of the city. It should be developed and maintained as a dense mixed-use zone, less dense than the town core. The relative reduction in density is the main distinction between the two zones.

Land Use

Land use in this transect zone is again open – uses that fit in with the density and building type requirements and have no adverse effects to the surrounding environment are permissible. Uses that do not let any undesirable elements like noise, pollution, vibrations and unpleasant odors escape out of its premises, do not require storage in the yards and do not create traffic hazards through truck/trailer parking are permissible. Public buildings, apartment buildings, offices and mixed-use buildings with first floor retail should be encouraged.

Building Type

The pre-dominant building type in this zone should be high density, multistoried buildings (2-3 stories). The buildings should have short setbacks from the street; besides rear yards and courtyards, side-yards are also permissible. Examples of some building types are – row houses, apartment buildings, and offices above first floor shops.

Open Space

Open space should be designed as public squares and plazas.

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