Town of Concord
Planning Board Agenda
March 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Hearing Room – 2nd Floor
Town House – 22 Monument Square
7:00 p.m. Public hearing pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 5, concerning amendments to the Concord Zoning Bylaw proposed under Articles 43-53, and amendment to the Concord Inclusionary Housing Bylaw proposed under Article 54, in the 2014 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.
Please note: The complete text of the amendments may be found in the 2014 Warrant for Town Meeting, or may be reviewed at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Town House at 22 Monument Square or at the Department of Planning and Land Management, 141 Keyes Road, during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Public Hearing Notice
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., the Concord Planning Board will hold a public hearing at the Town House Hearing Room located at 22 Monument Square, pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 5, concerning amendments to the Concord Zoning Bylaw proposed under Articles 43-53, and amendment to the Concord Inclusionary Housing Bylaw proposed under Article 54, in the 2014 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.
Article 43 (By petition) Front Yards – This amendment allows by special permit, in a business district, a front yard of zero (0) feet along Keyes Road.
Article 44 (By petition) Trailer and Mobile Home – This amendment allows by special permit, in a business district, the use of a trailer, modular container transportable by trailer or other similar vehicle or mobile structure as a temporary retail space for not more than two (2) years provided that adequate parking is available for such temporary use.
Article 45 (By petition) Combined Business/Residence – This amendment would authorize the Board of Appeals to grant a special permit for multiple residential dwellings within a structure if there is more than one structure on a site; reduces the percentage of affordable housing units required from twenty percent to ten percent; reduces the amount of open space required from twice the residential area to equal the residential area; and establishes the formula for determining the number of affordable units required.
Article 46 Revise Combined Business/Residence Use – This amendment allows one or more structures to be entirely in residential use when there are multiple structures on a lot; establishes a minimum percentage business use; reduces the percentage of affordable housing units required from 20% to 15%; allows the Board of Appeals to waive the affordable housing units in consideration of a payment made in accordance with the Inclusionary Bylaw if five (5) or fewer units are proposed; and reduces the amount of open space required in relation to the residential use proposed.
Article 47 Flood Plain Conservancy District – This amendment addresses changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Flood Insurance Program mapping prepared by FEMA in 2013/2014 and keeps the Town in compliance with requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Article 48 Table III – Dimensional Regulations – This amendment changes the minimum front yard in the Concord Center and Thoreau Depot business districts to zero and adds the Business district and Nine Acre Corner business district to Table III.
Article 49 Registered Marijuana Dispensary – This amendment aligns the Town’s terminology with the State’s terminology for a registered marijuana dispensary.
Article 50 Restaurant Size in the West Concord Village District – This amendment allows, by special permit, a restaurant in the West Concord Village District to be 30% larger than 4,000 sq. ft. in area.
Article 51 Housekeeping/Corrections – This amendment revises and corrects numbering and numbering sequences, and allows non-substantive numbering changes to be made in the future without requiring a vote by Town Meeting.
Article 52 Wireless Facility Modifications – This amendment addresses recent changes in the interpretation of section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to clarify the definition of substantial changes. The added language for “Procedure for review by the Board” allows a wireless provider to make minor changes to an existing tower, facility or equipment, as well as to remove equipment, without review by the Board of Appeals.
Article 53 Bike Parking Requirements and Waiver of Design Standards for Site Plan Requirements – This amendment clarifies the expectation that bicycle parking should be provided when a commercial or institutional site is being developed or redeveloped and allows the Board of Appeals to consider waivers from the Design standards on a case by case basis in response to the attributes of a specific site.
Article 54 Inclusionary Housing Bylaw – This amendment provides a mechanism for an Applicant to use a special development provision of the Zoning Bylaw to provide an alternative form of contribution toward development of affordable housing when a small number of residential housing units are proposed for construction.
The complete text of the amendments may be found in the 2014 Warrant for Town Meeting, or may be reviewed at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Town House at 22 Monument Square or at the Department of Planning and Land Management, 141 Keyes Road, during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
By Order of the Planning Board
John Shipe, Chair