Following duly notice public hearings,the Planning Board voted to place four proposed Zoning Amendments on the written ballot as follows:
Amendment A - Groundwater Protection Overlay Zone -To clarify “Applicability” and “Performance Standards” with respect to how the overlay zone applies in small lot size subdivisions.
Amendment B - Solar Energy Systems - to add a new section that establishes permitted uses, standards, and regulatory review requirements for solar energy systems.
Amendment C - Zoning Simplification - to repeal the existing residential, commercial, office, and mixed-use zoning districts and the Traditional Neighborhood Overlay Zones I and II and replaces these districts with new districts and regulations that integrate existing uses and standards into simplified five residential and mixed-use districts. The ordinance also adds a set of “Building Types and Standards” with the intent of replicating the look and feel of Peterborough. It also revises and integrates minimum parking standards into the district standards.
Amendment D - Accessory Dwelling Unit - to eliminate the requirement of owner occupancy for Accessory Dwelling Units and ensure minimum parking requirements are consistent with other sections of the Zoning Ordinance.
The Planning Board will host two public information sessions to review the proposed amendments with Community Members and answer questions prior to voting day. The first such session will be held on April 14, 2018 at 10 am - location to be determined.
The second session will be held on Monday April 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Select Board Meeting Room
Town Meeting Voting Day will be on Tuesday May 8 in the Upper Hall at the Town House.
Copies of the proposed amendments may be downloaded by clicking on the heading above and are available for review at the Office of Community Development at 1 Grove Street during regular business hours.