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In addition to Lexington being identified as a "Platinum BioReady Community", here is an explanation provided in the FAQs from the Clean Heat Lexington website:
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Full Question: Are there clean energy zoning requirements / incentives in place for the areas where the buildings cited as industry best practices (Boston Landmark, Cambridge Binney Street, and Boston Fenway II) are located? If so, are these requirements / incentives the same as what is proposed in Article 17?
Answer: Boston and Cambridge both have comprehensive Net Zero/Zero Carbon building assessment requirements. Neither have zoning incentives that allow for increased height or density with any specific emission-reducing/hybrid design requirement as in this Article.
There has been one new lab development approved for the area and the standard in the Article would not apply to it because it was submitted before the advertisement for the Public Hearing for the Article.
There have also been a handful of preliminary intentions submitted, however, there is not enough detail to know at this time if the preliminary intentions are going to definitively move forward or if they will be lab developments over 65 feet. However if they do move forward and they are tall lab developments, the standard in the Article would also not apply to them due to being submitted before the advertisement for the Public Hearing for the Article.
The Economic Development Advisory Committee will have more information available soon (November 8, 2021).