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Chapter 7.1 Section VI Area, Height and Bulk Regulations
SECTION VI
AREA, HEIGHT AND BULK REGULATIONS

A.      APPLICABILITY OF AREA, HEIGHT AND BULK REGULATIONS: The regulation for each district pertaining to minimum lot area, minimum lot width, maximum heights of buildings, maximum building area, minimum usable open space, minimum front yard depth, minimum side yard width, minimum rear yard depth, and minimum residential net floor area shall be as specified in this section and set forth in the Tables of Area Regulations and Height and Bulk Regulations, and subject to the further provisions of this Section. A fence, hedge, wall, other enclosure or flagpole is not regulated except as provided in C, below.

B.      TABLES OF AREA and HEIGHT and BULK REGULATIONS: See tables following plus attached notes, which are declared to be part of this bylaw.

C.      FENCE, WALL or OTHER ENCLOSURES: A fence, hedge, wall or other enclosures may be maintained on a corner lot, provided that no structure or vegetation shall be over 3-5 ft. in height above the grade of the nearest paved traveled lane of the adjacent street or road. Clear vision shall exist between two points each 25 ft. distant from the intersection of both paved traveled lanes.

Table 2. AREA REGULATIONS
(No. refer to attached notes)


        
Minimum Required Lots   
Yards
District
Use
Area
Lot
Lot
(sq.ft.)
Width
Frontage
Front
Side
Rear
(ft.)
(ft.)
(ft.)
(ft.)
(ft.)
R-40
Any permitted structure or principal use
40,000
100
100
40
25*
20
R-1
Any permitted structure or principal use
40,000
100
100
30
15*
20
R-2
Any permitted structure or principal use
30,000
100
100
30
15*
20
R-10
One family dwelling
10,000
80
64
30
10*
20
Two family dwelling
15,000
100
80
30
20*
20
Three family dwelling
20,000
100
80
30
20*
20
Four family dwelling
25,000
100
80
30
20*
20
All other permitted structures or principal use

20,000
plus 5,000 for each unit more than three
100
80
30
20
20
Accessory Structures

See applicable principal unit area, width, frontage and yard requirements above
R-M

Any permitted structure or principal use
10,000
plus 5,000 for each unit more than two
100
80
30
15
20
C
Hotel and Motel
10,000
plus 2,000 per unit
l50
120
30
15
30
Any other permitted structure or principal use
10,000
80
64
30
15
15
BO-P
Any permitted structure or principal use
10,000
plus 3,500 for each residential unit more than two
80
64
30
15
15
I
Any permitted structure or principal use
30,000
200
l50
30
25
40
I-Q

Any permitted structure or principal use associated with Quarrying
30,000
150
l50
30
25
40
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Single family residential dwelling
60,000
125
125
40
20
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*Seven (7) feet side yard setback applies to accessory structures, under one hundred and twenty-five (125) square feet in area, not more than ten (10) feet in height, measured to the ridge of the roof, placed on stone bed, concrete block on grade, or pier foundations.

FOOTNOTES:

1.      Except for multi family developments, shopping center industrial complex, community facilities and public utilities, only one principal structure shall be permitted on one lot.

2.      A corner lot shall have minimum street yards with depths which shall be the same as the required front yard depths for the adjoining lots.

3.      At each end of a through lot, there will be a setback depth required which is equal to the front yard depth required for the district in which each street frontage is located

4.      No building except a boat house shall be within 10 ft. of any watercourse or wetland area or, if subject to flooding, within 10 ft. beyond its flood line to the higher elevation.

5.      Projections into required yards or other required open spaces are permitted subject to the following:

a. Balcony or bay window, limited in total length to one-half of the length of the building, not more than 2 ft.

b. Open terrace or steps or stoop under 4 ft. in height, up to one-half the required yard setback.

c. Steps or stoop over 4 ft. in height, window sill, chimney, roof eave, fire escape, fire tower, storm enclosures or similar architectural features not more than 2 ft.

6.      In any "R" district any permitted accessory structure shall conform to Table 2 - AREA REGULATIONS, with the exception of the following:


Accessory structures greater than one hundred twenty five (125) square feet and/or ten (10) feet in height shall not occupy more than forty percent (40%) of the required rear yard, and shall not be less than fifty (50) feet in an R-40 zone and forty (40) feet in an R-1 zone from any street lot line, except on a corner lot if used for garage purposes, then the same distance as the required depth of the front yard for the adjacent lot shall apply. Said accessory structures shall not exceed twenty-five (25) feet in height.

b. Regarding a temporary stand for the retail sale of agricultural or farm products in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 40-A, Section 3, the accessory use may be within 6 ft. of the front lot line, shall not be less than 10 ft. from any side or rear lot line, and shall not exceed 25 ft. in height.

c. The accessory use of a private swimming pool shall conform to Table 2 - AREA REGULATIONS regarding minimum lot dimension standards. In addition, said private swimming pool, or the entire yard, shall be completely enclosed by a fence at least 4 feet in height having a self-closing gate with a self-locking latch at least 5 feet in reach above ground level.

7. In any "R" district any publicly sponsored multi-family dwelling for elderly defined in Chapter 121B of the General Laws of Massachusetts, or any housing sponsored by a non-profit organization and designed specifically for elderly persons under recognized government assisted programs, may exceed the above area requirements provided that the lot contains at least 10,000 square feet plus 3,000 square feet for each residential unit more than one.

8. In the R-2 and R-1 Districts, all new residential construction excluding alterations and extensions to existing single-family structures require a minimum lot area of 40,000 square feet if public sewer connection is unavailable, and said new residential construction will require the installation of a private septic system. This footnote does not apply to any parcel that is included in “Exhibit A” of the document entitled “Town of Holden Enforceable Schedule for Compliance with Title 5, dated July 23, 1996, and on file at the Worcester Registry of Deeds Book 18117, Page 111.”

A reduced front yard, i.e. building setback may be allowed by Special Permit in Business-Office Professional and Commercial Zones on Main St, Holden, Massachusetts.

10. Any lot which has frontage on a cul-de-sac shall have a minimum lot width of at least 125 feet.

11. No distance, measured in a straight line, between any two points between side lot lines shall be less than 50 feet.


12. Driveways must be entirely located on the lot which it services, a common driveway servicing no more than two lots may be allowed through the approval of a special permit from the Planning Board.

Table 3. HEIGHT AND BULK REGULATIONS


District
Maximum permitted height(one (l) foot)
Maximum building coverage of lot (covered area as percent of total lot area)
Minimum Residential net floor area per dwelling unit(sq. ft.)
R-40
30
10
768
R-1
30
20
768
R-2
30
25
768
R-10
30
25
768
R-M
35
40
768
C
30
50
Not Required
BO-P
30
50
Not Required
I
30
50
Not Required
I-Q
30
50
Not Required

l. Any maximum height permitted in this bylaw shall not apply to:

a. Community facility and public utility structures provided the side and rear yards or setbacks required in the district for the highest permitted principal structure shall be increased 2 feet in width for each foot by which the height of such structures exceeds the height permitted in the district.

b. Necessary appurtenant structures such as: church spire, smoke-stack, monument, flagpole, agricultural silo, aerial, airplane hanger, chimney, or parapet wall or any similar appurtenances.

c. Special industrial structures such as: a cooling tower and other similar structure where the industrial process requires a greater height.

2. Any minimum net floor area in this Bylaw shall not apply to single family residential buildings or to any publicly-sponsored, multi-family dwellings for elderly as defined in Chapter 121B of the General Laws of Massachusetts or to any housing sponsored by a nonprofit organization and designed specifically for elderly persons under recognized government assisted programs or to conversion of existing dwellings to the above two uses.



 
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