“Land Use” is a general term used to describe the primary use (or combination of uses) occurring on a parcel of land at any given time. Typical land uses include residential, retail, commercial, office, industrial, open space, transportation, mixed use, and others. Lexington is a historic community, and its land uses evolved over hundreds of years. The land uses the town is known for include its historic village center, attractive neighborhoods comprised of diverse architectural styles, preserved open spaces and numerous trail systems, reuse of the former Boston-Lexington railroad line, and major transportation routes that connect Lexington to Boston and the surrounding region.
Lexington is a community of firsts, and this is also true for the regulation of land uses. As one of the first communities in the country to have a planning board (1918), the Town has regulated land use through zoning since 1924.
Once a farming community with one 126 houses, limited development opportunities remain under existing zoning regulations. Most development is redevelopment – projects that occur on previously developed land.
The CPAC, the Project Consultants, and Lexington Staff are working on developing the Land Use Inventory and Analysis Report. The most recent edition can be view below. Please note the document will be updated based on information collected at the June 15th Public Forum. Hence the note in the header of the document.