2020 Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE AND POSTINGS

In accordance with the provisions of Mass. General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 5, the Planning Board of the TOWN OF WESTFORD will hold public hearings on Zoning Bylaw amendments as described below to certain sections of the Zoning Bylaw. The Planning Board public hearings will begin on Monday, February 3, 2020, at a meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 201 at Town Hall, 55 Main Street, Westford, Massachusetts. These amendments will be considered at the Westford Annual Town Meeting beginning on March 28, 2020.

The complete text of each of the proposed bylaw amendments will be available beginning on January 24, 2020, at the Town Clerk’s Office and the Permitting Department in Town Hall, 55 Main Street, during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday) and at the J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street. The Planning Board files for the proposed amendments are PB 2001 ZNG, PB 2002 ZNG, PB 2003 ZNG, PB 2004 ZNG, PB 2005 ZNG, and PB 2006 ZNG.

PB 2001 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to update Section 10. 2: General Definitions: Lot Frontage.

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 10.2 – Definitions – to clarify that the minimum lot frontage requirement must be satisfied with lot frontage that is continuous. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

PB 2002 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to update Section 9.3.6: Lapse. (Relative to Special Permits)

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 9.3.6 – Lapse – to be consistent with the language provided in M.G.L. 40A, Section 9, as amended in 2016, to allow a municipality to extend the time a Special Permit shall lapse from two years to three years. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

PB 2003 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to update Section 3.3.4: Standards. (Relative to Accessory Dwelling Units)

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 3.3.4 – Standards – to provide greater consistency throughout the Zoning Bylaw by replacing the undefined terms “gross living space” and “gross floor space” found in Subsections 1 and 3a, with “gross floor area”, a term that is defined in General Definitions Section 10.2. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

PB 2004 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to amend Appendix A; Table of Principle Use Regulations and Appendix B: Table of Accessory Use Regulations relating to Massage Establishments.

To see if the Town will vote to amend Appendix A and Appendix B to allow Massage Establishments in certain zoning districts either by right or by Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

PB 2005 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to delete Section 6.3: Growth Management (and related subsections) which expired on May 11, 2009, to delete the General Definition “Growth rate limit” in Section 10.2, and to delete related Appendix E: Growth Management Provisions, and to revise the Table of Contents accordingly.

To see if the Town will vote to delete Section 6.3: Growth Management, the defined term “Growth rate limit” in Section 10.2: General Definitions, and related Appendix E. Section 6.3 of the zoning bylaw expired in 2009 and is no longer in effect. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

PB 2006 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to amend Section 10. 2: General Definitions, Appendix A: Table of Principal Use Regulations, and Appendix B: Table of Accessory Use Regulations to define and regulate Short-Term Rentals.

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 10.2, Appendix A, and Appendix B to define and regulate Short-Term Rentals and related changes and to see if the Town will vote to create a Summer Village Short-Term Rental Overlay District where Short-Term Rentals will be allowed by right. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the zoning proposals should appear at the time and place designated, and/or may submit written comments in advance of or at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted by email to Erin Toothaker, etoothaker@westfordma.gov.

Darrin Wizst, Chair

Westford Planning Board

DRAFT Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments - Amendments in Red; and
DRAFT Appendices - Amendments in Red.