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PB Hearing on Citizen's Petition to Amend Ancillary Use ByLaw

Public Hearing Notice

Proposed Zoning Amendments (Citizens’ Petition)

   In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 40A, §§ 5 and 11, and the Code of the Town of Groton, Chapter 218, the Groton Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 8:00 PM in the Town Hall to consider the following Citizens’ Petition filed by John W. Valentine, 313 Whiley Road:


   Shall Section 218-16 of the Town of Groton Zoning By-Laws be amended to add a new sub-section (3) as follows:

“§218-16 (3)  Notwithstanding any other provision or interpretation of Chapter 218, where a principal residence exists on a parcel of land which is: 1) below the Minimum Lot Dimensions for residences set forth in §218-20 and 2) either the frontage or natural topography of the parcel makes it impossible to park at least two cars on such parcel, then permitted uses which are ancillary to the owner or lessor of such principal residence shall be allowed on a parcel of land owned, leased or permitted to be used by the owner or lessee of such principal residence where any part of the parcel of land upon which such ancillary use occurs, is within 250 yards of the parcel of land upon which the principal residence exists. Any parcel used for purposes ancillary to a principal residence under this provision shall be kept free of trash or belongings which are not used and maintained on a regular basis; and no unregistered vehicles or boats (which must be registered for ordinary use) may be kept thereon for more than two months while actively for sale.”

   The purpose of this amendment is to allow parking, storage of boats or other belongings or any other permitted uses on lots which are within 250 yards of a principal residence in where the lot size and configuration will not accommodate at least two cars.

   Copies of the proposed zoning amendment are on file in the Planning Board office and the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.  The Town of Groton does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  Further, a signed translation of this public hearing will be provided for the hearing impaired upon request by contacting the Planning Board at (978) 448-1105 at least one week prior to the hearing.  


George Barringer, Chairman

9/7 and 9/14, 2018


[Ed. Note: See related article in NEWS section of this week's Groton Herald.]

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