AMHERST PLANNING BOARD AGENDA
The Amherst Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, on or about 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium/Theater at, Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Rd, Amherst, New Hampshire, to discuss the proposed zoning amendments. The full text of the proposed amendments is available in the Community Development Office or online at the 2014 Zoning Changes webpage.
Chapter A – Zoning Ordinance, Article VI, Section 4.11 Wetlands Conservation District, and Section 4.12 Watershed Protection District – The proposed amendments delete the existing ordinances in Section 4.11 and 4.12, and replace with a newly drafted combined Section 4.11Wetlands and Watershed Conservation District.
Chapter A – Zoning Ordinance, Article VI, Section 4.13 Aquifer Conservation District – The proposed amendment deletes the existing ordinance in Section 4.13 and replaces it with an updated Section 4.13 Aquifer Conservation District.
Chapter A – Zoning Ordinance, Article I, Section 1.1 Purpose and Authority – The proposed amendment would remove a sentence adopted in 1999 via a petition warrant article, that conflicts with State Law (RSA 674:54) and to clarify that governmental uses are exempt from Town Ordinances and Regulations. This change was recommended by Town Counsel.
Chapter A – Zoning Ordinance, Article VI, Section 4.3.D.5 Residential/Rural, 4.4.D.4 Northern Transitional Zone (NTZ), 4.5.E.4 Northern Rural Zone (NRZ), 4.6.C.4 General Office Zone (GO), 4.7.C.8 Commercial Zone, 4.8.D.5 Limited Commercial Zone (LC), 4.9.E.8 Industrial Zone (I): Building Height and Section 9.1 Definitions – The proposed amendments would modify the definition of structure height from 35 to 40 feet and clarify how structure height will be measured.
Chapter A – Zoning Ordinance, Article VI, Sections 6.1 and 6.2, and Chapter H – Building Code/Building Ordinance, Articles IV, VII, and XVI-XVIII, Sections 4, 7 and 16-18 – The proposed amendment would remove all references to BOCA and update the Building Codes section to reflect the State adopted codes, as amended, and include the Life Safety Codes.
Chapter A – Zoning Ordinance, Article VI, Section 4.14 Affordable Housing – To amend the current Section 4.14 Affordable Housing ordinance to align with State law updates and reduce the allowed density.
Petition Warrant Articles –
a. Petition A – To delete the term “non-commercial sports and recreation uses” and replace with term “sports and recreation uses”; to repeal Sections 4.3.A.8.F (i) through (vii) in their entirety, and to amend Section 4.3.A.8.g to reduce the minimum required horizontal distance between site lighting fixtures and abutting lot lines from 500 to 250 feet.
b. Petition B – To create a new zoning district entitled the Commercial Sports/Recreation/Function Zone (CSRF) including Map 2, Lot 98-33; Map 3, Lot 25; Map 4, Lot 29; Map 4, Lot 30; and Map 4, Lot 65-1.
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