On Monday, March 31st, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing. The warrant article for discussion is replacement of the zoning bylaws for Site Plan Review.
This will be the first bylaw revision to come up for vote out of work done by the 2008-2012 Zoning Advisory Committee. (For a recap of the zoning bylaw revisions history, click here.)
The Planning Board has posted the new version of the bylaw on the town website. (Click here.)
The bylaw purpose is to:
provide adequate review of development plans that may have significant impacts on traffic, stormwater, community services, environmental quality, and the character of the Town; to regulate development so as to protect public health and safety; and to promote logic, imagination, and innovation in the design process while protecting properties in the vicinity of the site.
It will apply to:
- Any construction or alteration, expansion, or reconstruction on a site used for purposes other than a single-family or two-family dwelling;
- Any change in use or reactivation of a structure that has not been in use for two or more years;
- Any construction, expansion, or alteration of any off-street parking with five (5) or more parking spaces serving a nonresidential or multi-family use; or
- Any removal, fill, or change of grade of earth materials undertaken in order to construct or locate buildings, structures, and such features accessory thereto as ways, driveways, areaways, walks, or parking areas when such removal, fill, or change of grade of earth materials precedes construction by three months or more.
The warrant article, sponsored by the Planning Board, will be up for vote at the Annual Town Meeting. If you have any comments for the Planning Board, their public hearing is scheduled for 8:00 pm on March 31st in the Hearing Room at the Town House. (Click here for meeting agenda.)