2016 Zoning Amendments

Legal Notice

Town of Bedford, NH

2016 Zoning Amendments

The Bedford Planning Board will hold public hearings at 7:00 PM on Monday,

January 11, 2016 and January 25, 2016 in the Bedford Meeting

Room at BCTV, 10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110, to hear

comments from interested persons on proposed amendments to the Bedford

Zoning Ordinance, as follows:

Amendment No. 1

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article 275-6

Definitions to include the definition for Alternative Treatment Center, to

amend Article 275-21 Use Regulations, and to amend Article 275-61 Performance

Zone permitted uses, summarized as follows:

To establish use categories and Conditional Use Permit criteria

for Alternative Treatment Center (Cultivation Location in the Service

Industrial District and Non-Cultivation Location in the Performance

District) in accordance with RSA 126-X.

[This amendment is intended to create a new use category and local

standards for Alternative Treatment Centers for the dispensing and

cultivation of medical marijuana as allowed under state law. Without

the proposed amendment, the facility would continue to be permitted

in all non-residential zoning districts as required by state law. The

complete text of the 3-page amendment is on file for public viewing at

the Town Clerk’s Office and on the Town’s Website]

Amendment No. 2

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to delete Article

275-21C(2) in its entirety and to amend Article 275-21 to add a new subsection

I, Accessory Attached Apartment, and to amend Article 275-21

Use Regulations and Table 2-Table of Uses to list Accessory Apartment

as a permitted use in the Residential Agricultural (R&A) District and General

Residential (GR) District summarized as follows:

To remove the requirement for a Special Exception and allow Accessory

Apartments by right in residential districts subject to the

same standards that exist today.

[This amendment is intended to remove the Special Exception requirement

for accessory apartments and permit accessory apartments

in residential districts subject to the same standards that exist today.

The complete text of the 1-page amendment is on file for public viewing

at the Town Clerk’s Office and on the Town’s Website]

Amendment No. 3

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 3 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article

275-68A Definitions by deleting the words shown in the strikethrough and

adding the words in bold below and to Amend Article 275-6 Definitions to

add the same SIGN AREA definition.

SIGN AREA – The entire face including the surface and any molding,

framing, and projections, but not including the base, wall or column

supports. Individual letters and logos mounted on a building without

any distinguishing border, panel or background, shall be measured

by the area of the smallest rectangle enclosed by four straight

lines outlining enclosing each all of the words, symbols and logos. If

the symbol or logo is irregularly shaped or taller than the text, the

sign area shall be the area of the smallest rectangle enclosing the

text plus the area of the smallest rectangle enclosing the logo or

symbol.

[This is a housekeeping amendment intended to clarify how sign area

is measured.]

Amendment No. 4

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 4 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article 275-68

Attachment 6, Table 6, Table of Performance Zone Sign Standards, under

Maximum Number and Maximum Sign Area andMaximum Sign Heightas

summarized as follows.

To amend the Performance Zone sign standards to allow first

floor tenants with their own exterior public entrance a 32 square

foot building sign and to allow upper story tenants or tenants

without first floor public entrances to share up to four 32 square

foot wall signs on a building and to remove the 12 foot height restriction

on building signs.

[This amendment is intended to increase allowable sign area for

multi-tenant buildings and to remove the 12-foot height limitation for

building signs in the Performance Zone. The complete text of the

1-page amendment is on file for public viewing at the Town Clerk’s Office

and on the Town’s Website.]

Amendment No. 5

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 5 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article

275-73, Signs, General Provisions, Subsection F and Article 275-74A(1)

by deleting the words shown in the strikethrough and adding the words in

bold below.

Adv ertising signs indicating the coming of a development and permanent

subdivision identification signs shall not be allowed until final

approv al of the project by the Planning Board, and the Planning Board

may approv e the signage specifications on an individual basis.

Allowable businesses, professions, or service enterprises, and

residential subdivisions or developments approved by the Planning

Board, shall be permitted one outdoor advertising sign on the

premises, advertising goods or services sold on the prem-isesThis sign

shall not total over eight square feet for said sign.

[This amendment removes the requirement for the Planning Board to

approv e temporary signs advertising the coming of a development or

permanent subdivision identification signs.]

Amendment No. 6

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 6 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article

275-73, Signs, General Provisions, by adding new subsection T, as listed

below.

In all zones allowable sign area for a building sign may be split into

two signs and may be located on the same or different walls as the initial

sign.

[This amendment is intended to allow the permitted building sign area

to be split between two signs.]

Amendment No. 7

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 7 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article 275-22

Dimensional Regulations by adding new subsection D as listed below.

Accessory Structures shall comply with front, side and rear yard setbacks

in accordance with Table 1 – Table of Dimensional Regulations:

except within the General Residential (GR) District, one (1) accessory

structure of 120 square feet or less, may have a minimum setback of

5 feet from the side or rear property line, provided the structure is not

higher than twelve feet (12 feet).

[This amendment is intended to allow lots within the General Residential

District to have one accessory structure that is 120 square feet or

less to have a setback of 5 feet from the side or rear property line.]

Amendment No. 8

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 8 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Cluster

Residential Development Article 275-34F(2)(a) Buf fer Zone by deleting the

words shown in strikethrough and adding the words in bold below.

All single detached dwellings, together with any accessory buildings,

structures, driveways,and other man-made improve-ments, shall be located

a minimum of 50 feet from the external boundary of a cluster

residential development. The fifty-foot perimeter buffer shall be

comprised of existing vegetation and shall be included in the square

footage of each lot area.The Planning Board may permit roads,

driveways and utilities to cross through the buffer as needed to

access lots within the development.

[This is intended as a housekeeping amendment to clarify that roads,

driveway s and utilities may cross through the buffer to access lots

within the cluster residential development.]

Amendment No. 9

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 9 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to delete Cluster

Residential Development Article 275-32, Subsection D Bedroom Limitation

in its entirety as shown in the strikethrough below:

Bedroom limitation. In the absence of municipal sewer system to service

the cluster development, the number of bedrooms per unit shall

be determined by the Soils and Steep Slope Regulations within the

Bedf ord Subdiv ision Regulations.

[This is intended as a housekeeping amendment to correct an existing

conflict within the ordinance which states that cluster residential

development have no minimum lot size but must comply with the New

Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Subdiv ision and Individual

Sewerage Disposal Systems Design rules.]

Amendment No. 10

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 10 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Cluster

Residential Development, Article 275-34G(2) by adding the words in boldbelow.

The road frontage for individual building lots within clusters shall be

negotiated between the Planning Board and the developer in the interest

of encouraging flexibility in site design, but road frontages on

individual lots shall not be less than 25 feet.

[This is intended to provide a minimum road frontage requirement for

lots within cluster residential developments.]

Amendment No. 11

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 11 as proposed by the

Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article

275-62A(1) Table 3, Table of Performance Dimensional Standards, to

amend footnotes 7 & 8, and to amend Article 275-62, Dimensional Performance

Standards, Subsection B(3)(d) summarized as follows:

To reduce the front setback for structures in the Performance Zone

from 1:4 to 1:2 (building height to setback ratio), to create a maximum

side setback of 20 feet and to remove the 50-foot minimum

front setback along South River Road and the 30-foot minimum setback

along local roads.

[This amendment is intended to reduce the front setback for structures in

the Performance Zone from 1:4 to 1:2 (building height to setback ratio)

and to set a maximum side setback of 20 feet. The complete text of the

1-page amendment is on file for public viewing at the Town Clerk’s Office

and on the Town’s Website]