With very little fanfare last night the Watertown City Planning Commission voted to amend a city ordinance that will revise the maximum height for industrial buildings from 40 to 60 feet. There has been very little explanation as to why the city is increasing the height limits, but there’s plenty of speculation. One being floated is that it’s to accommodate the significant expansion of a Watertown Business. Brandi Hanten is the Watertown Urban Planner.
The ordinance must still be approved by the Watertown City Council, but if so, it would modify the maximum mean height requirements for non-residential structures, especially in the I-1 light industrial district, allowing buildings to be constructed to a height of 60 feet from the current 40.