2021 Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments

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 open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at a meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. via webinar. These amendments will be considered at the Westford Annual Town Meeting beginning on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

The complete text of each of the proposed bylaw amendments will be available beginning on April 16, 2021, 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). The proposed bylaw amendments will also be available for download on the Town of Westford website at https://www.westfordma.gov/294/Planning-Board. The Planning Board files for the proposed amendments are PB 2111 ZNG, PB 2112 ZNG, PB 2113 ZNG, PB 2114 ZNG, and PB 2115 ZNG.

PB 2111 ZNG, Gender-Neutral Amendments to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw to Reflect Recent Amendments to the Town Charter, and Non-Substantive Changes

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town’s Zoning Bylaw to reflect recent amendments to the Town Charter that will change the name of the Board of Selectmen to the “Select Board,” by striking out, in every instance in which they appear in reference to that body, the words “Board of Selectmen” or “Selectmen” and inserting in place thereof the words “Select Board”; and by striking out, in every instance in which they appear in reference to Board members individually, the word “Selectman” and “Selectmen” and inserting in place thereof the words “Select Board Member” or “Select Board Members”; and further to authorize the Town Clerk to make non-substantive, ministerial revisions to ensure that gender and numerical issues in related text is revised to properly reflect such change in title, and to make other non-substantive, ministerial revisions to ensure consistency as to formatting of the bylaw’s text.

A complete copy of the revised Zoning Bylaw with said ministerial revisions implemented and expressed through redlining is on file with the Town Clerk. This amendment is sponsored by the Select Board.

A copy of Article 20 can be found by clicking here.

PB 2112 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to update Section 3.4: Home Occupations, to Allow for Home Occupations By Right.

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 3.4 of the Zoning Bylaw – Home Occupations – to permit Home Occupations By Right in the Residence A and Residence B Zoning Districts provided that the Home Occupation complies with established performance standards. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

A copy of Article 22 can be found by clicking here.

PB 2113 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to amend Section 10.2: General Definitions, Appendix A: Table of Principle Use Regulations, and Appendix B: Table of Accessory Uses Regulations to define and regulate Restaurant Drive-Through Facilities.

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 10.2, Appendix A, and Appendix B to allow Restaurant Drive-Through Facilities in certain zoning districts by Special Permit from the Planning Board, and related changes. This amendment is sponsored by the Planning Board.

Copies of Article 23 can be found by clicking here and for the Amended Article - click here.

PB 2114 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to update Section 9.5.1: Amendments.

That the Town vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw, Section 9.5.1, of the town of Westford to insure the town honors the vote of the Town Meeting for at least two (2) years as shown in the amended text below: “Section 9.5.1 Amendments. No proposed change to this Zoning Bylaw which has been unfavorably acted upon by the Annual Town Meeting shall be considered by the Town Meeting within two (2) years after the date of such unfavorable action. unless adoption of the proposed change has been recommended in the final report of the Planning Board to the Town Meeting.” This amendment is by Citizens’ Petition.

A copy of Article 24 can be found by clicking here.

PB 2115 ZNG, Amend Zoning Bylaw, to Include the Merrill’s Quarry Property within the Senior Residential Multi-Family Overlay District (SRMOD).

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by amending the Westford Board of Assessors’ Zoning Overlay District Map for Senior Residential Multifamily Overlay Districts pursuant to Section 8.4 of the Westford Zoning Bylaw, by adding the following maps and parcels (commonly referred to as Merrill’s Quarry) to be included in said Senior Residential Multifamily Overlay District (SRMOD) MAP: Map 047 Parcel 0023 Lot 0000 & Map 047 Parcel 0044 Lot 0002. Pursuant to Section 8.4.7.1(a) of the Zoning Bylaw, the Planning Board shall also, concurrent with the public hearing on the proposed zoning amendment, conduct its preliminary review of the Conceptual Plan during this hearing, and will consider comments from municipal boards, abutters, and interested citizens. This amendment is by Citizens’ Petition.

A copy of Article 25 can be found by clicking here.

Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the zoning proposals should submit written correspondence to Permitting Program Assistant, Erin Toothaker,  etoothaker@westfordma.gov, or join the meeting at the time and date designated above via remote access (phone or internet).

In accordance with the Governor’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G. L. c. 30A, § 20, relating to the 2020 COVID19 outbreak, all meetings of the Westford Planning Board will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible to avoid group congregation and to maintain social distancing until further notice. We will strive to provide access to such meetings via a link to call in, or other similar option. In the event we are unable to accommodate the same, despite best efforts, we will post recorded sessions of the meeting as soon as possible following the same. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings.

Instructions to participate in the meeting will be available on the above referenced Planning Board Agenda. Any questions about meeting participation should be directed to Conservation Resource Planner, Matthew Salem at msalem@westfordma.gov or (978) 692-5524.

Darrin Wizst, Chair

Westford Planning Board