October 3, 2004

Waltham Eyes ‘Smart Growth’ Zoning

Waltham has hired a consultant to overhaul its zoning codes. And that consultant is looking to create business centers with residential as well as commercial activity.

"People can walk to the store and their jobs. They wouldn't have to use their cars if they didn't want to," the consultant, Ralph Willmer at McGregor and Associates in Boston, told the Waltham Daily News Tribune.

Such development can reduce congestion as well as improve quality of life for those who dislike dependence on automobiles or are unable to drive.

"That's where urban planning is going," Building Commissioner Ralph Gaudet told the paper. "It's what's called live, work and play zones."

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