Annual Town Meeting
Below are the Zoning Bylaw Amendments proposed for Town Meeting 2016. Click here to link to the draft Zoning and Non-Zoning articles proposed by the Planning Board for Town Meeting 2017.
Zoning Bylaw Amendments
Town Meeting 2016
- Accessory Structures
- CCEOD Density
- Corrections and Error Fix
- Definition for Lot Dimensions
- Kennels in LI Districts
- Manufacturing Definitions
- Site Plan Review
- Warehouse Definitions
- Table of Dimensions
1. Accessory Structures
This amendment will limit the size of Accessory Structures to 600 square feet. This will help to keep the character of neighborhoods intact and will prevent the construction of accessory buildings that are larger than the principal structure.
To see if the Town will vote to insert Section 184.108.40.206 to limit the size of all accessory structures to 600 square feet. The following text will be inserted into the Zoning Bylaws.
Section 220.127.116.11: Accessory Structures – Accessory Structures shall be limited to 600 square feet in all districts.
2. CCEOD Density
This amendment will reduce the amount of potential density that can be built on properties within a CCEOD Overlay District “A” or “B” by increasing the amount of land required for the first unit to 10,000 square feet.
To see if the Town will vote to amend Sections 18.104.22.168.a and 22.214.171.124 of the Zoning Bylaws and replace with the following text;
126.96.36.199.a – 10,000 square feet of lot area required for the first dwelling unit, and 2,000 square feet of additional lot area required for each additional unit thereafter.
188.8.131.52 – 10,000 square feet of lot area required for the first dwelling unit, and 4,000 square feet of additional lot area required for each additional unit thereafter.
3. Corrections and Error Fix
This amendment will allow the Town to administratively correct errors in the Zoning Bylaw without having to wait until Town Meeting to do so. The purpose of this amendment is to have a well written and clear Zoning Bylaw that accomplishes the original intent. Corrections can only be made if they do not impact the purpose and intent, and must be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals, Building Commissioner, and Town Counsel with final approval by the Planning Board at a public meeting.
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws and insert Section 1.6.5 and include the following text; “The Building Commissioner in conjunction with the Zoning Board of Appeals and Town Counsel, with final approval by the Planning Board at a public meeting, retain the right to fix errors and clarify sections of the Zoning Bylaw, provided the changes do not impact the purpose and intent of the amended section.“
4. Definition for Lot Dimensions
The purpose of this amendment is to help prevent future “pork chop” lots. These definitions will require all new lots to maintain the required frontage from the street until where the house is located on the lot. It will also require that the required Lot Width be maintained at all points through the structure.
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws and replace definitions pertaining to the dimensions of a lot with the following;
Lot Frontage: Frontage of a lot is the distance of the property line that directly abuts a public or private right-of-way. The line is measured continuously along a single street or streets for corner lots. The minimum required frontage must be maintained from the front property line to the principal building. Primary vehicular access to buildings on the lot shall be through the front of the lot.
Lot Width: The horizontal distance between the two side yard property lines, measured parallel to the lot frontage through any portion of the principal building.
5. Kennels in LI Districts
The purpose of this amendment is to allow for Commercial Kennels in LI Districts. This use is currently only allowed in Industrial Districts. Allowing the use in Limited Industrial Districts will allow greater flexibility in Town, and will allow a Commercial Kennel in locations that are suitable for such uses.
To see if the Town will vote to amend Section F of the Table of Use Regulations to allow a commercial Kennel, animal or veterinary hospital in a Limited Industrial (LI) District by changing “N” to “Y” under the LI column and in the row for Kennel, animal or veterinary hospital.
6. Manufacturing Definitions
This amendment will update an outdated definition and will allow for greater flexibility in manufacturing and light manufacturing, but at the same time it will prohibit uses that are noxious.
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws and replace the existing definitions for Manufacturing and Light Manufacturing with the following;
Manufacturing: The processing and manufacturing of materials, and the manufacturing of previously prepared materials, of finished products or parts. This includes processing, fabrication, assembly treatment, packaging, incidental storage, sales and distribution of such products; but excludes the following uses: packaging of meat and fish products, heavy punch presses or drop hammers.
Light Manufacturing: The light industry or light manufacturing includes the assembly of previously prepared or manufactured parts, machine shops or other metal working, printing and graphic arts establishments, or the manufacturing, compounding, processing or packaging of products such as candy, cosmetics, drugs, perfumes, pharmaceutical and biotechnical, toiletries, food products and building and construction products.
7. Site Plan Review
This amendment is intended to clarify the Site Plan Review section of the Zoning Bylaw and require an non-residential building or structure to get Site Plan Approval. This will give the Town greater ability to review and regulate potentially unwanted large structures to be built on non-residential properties.
To see if the Town will vote to insert the words “or structure” into the first sentence in Section 10.5.1, to further clarify the Site Plan Review section of the Zoning Bylaw. Section 10.5.1 will read as the following:
Section 10.5.1: No building or structure, except a residential structure for single or two (2) family use, shall be constructed or externally enlarged, and in no non-residential use, including any charitable or philanthropic, religious or educational use or purpose, shall be expanded in ground area, or established in an existing building not previously used for non-residential purposes, except in conformity with a site plan bearing an endorsement of approval by the Board of Appeals.
8. Warehouse Definition
This amendment will simplify and allow for greater flexibility for warehouses and distribution plants. This will hopefully result in lower vacancy rates within warehouses in Canton, and the definition is consistent with the way other Towns define a warehouse.
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws and replace the existing definition for Warehouse or distribution plant with the following;
Warehouse or distribution plant: A structure used for the indoor storage of goods, products, materials, or objects for distribution, but not for sale on the premises and not including shipping companies.
9. Table of Dimensions
This amendment will replace the existing Table of Dimensions with a revised table. It will replace the existing table with one that will be easier to read and will use footnotes to clarify sections. The only other changes will be that Lot Width Through Building will be eliminated, and the Lot Width will be increased to 100’ if the current required lot with is lower than that.
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Table of Dimensions in the Zoning Bylaw to help clarify the table. This amendment will update the Lot Frontage dimensions in the table to require a lot frontage of at least 100’ in all districts. The amendment would replace the existing table with the following:
1 60’ for properties along Turnpike Street
3 20’ for residential buildings
4 35’when rear property line abuts residential district or a lot with a residential building as the primary structure
5 Only for accessory structures less than 15 feet in height
10. Zoning Map Amendment
Motion:To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Map of the Town, as most recently amended, by changing the designation of four parcels of land located on Bolivar Street from Industrial to General Residence. Said parcels are described on the Board of Assessors’ Maps as Map 42, Parcels 1, 2, 3, and 4 and are shown on the attached segment of the Assessors’ Map 42, or take any other action in relation thereto.