Our Salem - Climate - Middle Housing

Our Salem is a process to update the Comprehensive Plan for Salem. It is linked to the development of a Climate Action Plan. A Middle Housing Plan for compliance with HB 2001 will also be in the mix. Our Salem started in 2018, the Climate Plan in 2020, and the Middle Housing had some preparatory activity in 2019 and will start up again after the State finishes formal rule-making for it.

This post will be updated periodically as Our Salem, the Climate Plan, and Middle Housing Plan unfold. These really are parts of a whole, and so we'll treat them together here. We'll also fill in with more narrative shape, but bullets to start with.

Draft Plan in September 2020

The Revised Draft Plan in February 2021

Spring of 2021 - Policy Meetings and Zoning Concepts

Further Revised Draft Plan - Fall 2021

Towards Adoption - Winter-Spring 2022

The current plan shows hardly any difference
from current trends, and that reduction is only 18%
not the 50% we actually need!

Preliminaries On Climate

First draft plan

The First Public Review Draft Plan on Climate

The "final" draft (which could be revised again)

"Accepting" rather than Adopting the Plan

Driving causes 53%
of our carbon pollution

On Middle Housing

On Tensions with our Historic Preservation Framework

Background on History of Salem Zoning