Smart Growth District

The Newburyport City Council approved the adoption of the “Smart Growth District” around the MBTA Commuter Rail Station on September 28, 2015. This new zoning district allows the redevelopment of surrounding properties (currently developed but underutilized) into multi-family condos and rental apartments around the Station as well as mixed use buildings, similar to the scale and character of Downtown Newburyport.

Click here to see how the proposed 40R District will further sustainability and smart growth goals of the Commonwealth, as similarly expressed in local and regional plans.

Click here to see the City's formal application to the State for review and approval of the proposed 40R District.

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Anyone interested in undertaking a 40R project within the district is encouraged to contact Andrew R. Port, Director of Planning & Development, at 978-465-4400 or