Providence unveils 1st zoning change in 20 years

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – An updated zoning law in Providence proposes to regulate farmers’ markets, food trucks, nightclubs and even bicycle parking.

It’s the first comprehensive update in 20 years.

The Providence Journal reports that city planners and consultants unveiled the results of the first six months of the project. They say the draft will be revised with public comment.

The overhaul is intended to make the ordinance easy to understand and in line with other development and property rules. For example, the ordinance regulates backyard hens to no more than six on a lot or one per 800 square feet.

Key changes for parking include requiring bicycle parking and imposing curb-cut standards. The proposed changes also regulate new temporary uses, such as food trucks and farmers’ markets, and offer different rules for live performance venues.

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