Zoning Amendments

  1. Introduction
  2. Solar Bylaw
  3. Supplemental Dwelling Units
  4. Apartments
  5. Mixed-use Building Standards
  6. Inclusionary Zoning
  7. Parking
  8. Limited Business Overlay
  9. Demolition Delay
  10. Article 16 (Moratorium)
  11. Public Comments


At their January 4, 2021, the Town Council approved of the zoning amendment priorities listed below.  The amendments were chosen because they promote diverse neighborhoods, affordable housing, and new growth in downtown and village centers in accordance with Town Council annual Policy Goal III Economic Vitality. The zoning amendments were to be studied and presented in two time periods:  March 15, 2021 & September 1, 2021.

At this meeting, the Town Council also voted to authorize the use of funds for consultants to study form-based zoning and design guidelines.

Zoning Amendment Priorities

By March 15, 2021

  1. Adding B-L District to footnote b
  2. Adding footnote a to maximum lot coverage and maximum building coverage
  3. Proposed a revised SDU bylaw, similar to the 2018 Town Meeting proposal
  4. Demolition Delay bylaw revisions
  5. Work with the Council to begin a conversation on housing types expansion, in preparation for meeting the September 1, 2021 priorities below
  6. Move apartments to SPR in more zoning districts
  7. Remove Footnote m
  8. Revise the Apartments definition

By September 1, 2021

  1. Dimensional regulations in the R-G and R-VC
  2. Lowering barriers to development of duplexes and triplexes
  3. Frontage regulations for Residential zones o Look at appropriateness of Use Table for V-C: What kinds of businesses are allowed or encouraged in V-C districts - food, entertainment, services - things that make community and meet basic needs, within walking distance
  4. Transportation issues (may not be zoning)

Description of zoning amendment process

The 2021 zoning amendments follow the general process as outlined below and as described in the flowchart provided by the CRC (see blow):

Step 1: Town Council and CRC identify zoning priorities

Step 2: Town staff research zoning bylaws, develop concepts and draft language

Step 3: The CRC and Planning Board discuss research of Town staff 

Step 4: The CRC and Planning Board determine that the zoning change is ready to be submitted to Town Council as an official zoning amendment

Step 5: The zoning amendment is presented to the Town Council.  Town Council refers the zoning amendment to the CRC and Planning Board

Step 6: The CRC and Planning Board have 60 days to hold a public hearing to receive comments on the zoning amendment, review the language and make changes to the bylaw

Step 7: An updated zoning amendment is presented the Town Council by the CRC and Planning Board for review and approval as a formal zoning amendment

Step 8: Town Council votes on the zoning amendment

Linked Documents

Order approving zoning priorities from 1-04-2021 Town Council Meeting
Memo from CRC to Town Council re zoning priorities (large file, 9 MB)
Zoning Process Flow Chart