2019 Proposed Zoning Amendments -  (click for details)

Planning Board Proposed Zoning Amendments

 A complete text of the proposed amendments is available here.

a) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, 3.12 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), to allow a detached ADU provided the property owner agrees to and demonstrates compliance with conditions, and to clarify provisions allowing an attached ADU.

b) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, inserting 3.13 Solar Energy Systems Ordinance that will accommodate solar energy systems, while considering the impacts and benefits of siting solar in Hopkinton.

c)   Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, Table of Uses 3.6, inserting 3.6.D.7 Primary Agriculture Solar Energy System as a use requiring a Conditional Use Permit in all zoning districts.

d) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, Table of Uses 3.6, inserting 3.6.F.21 Commercial Solar as a use requiring a Conditional Use Permit in all zoning districts.

e) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, Table of Uses 3.6, inserting 3.6.H.20 Accessory Residential Solar Energy System as a use permitted in all zoning districts.

f) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, Table of Uses 3.6, inserting 3.6.H.21 Accessory Agricultural Solar Energy System as a use permitted in all zoning districts.

g) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, Table of Uses 3.6, inserting 3.6.H.22 Accessory Commercial Solar Energy System as a use requiring a Conditional Use Permit in all zoning districts.

h) Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, Table of Uses 3.6, inserting 3.6.H.23 Shared Solar Energy System as a use requiring a Conditional Use Permit in all zoning districts.

i)   Amend Section III Establishment of Districts and Uses, 3.6 Use Regulations, inserting 3.6.1(e) Uses authorized by Conditional Use Permit. Uses denoted by the letter “C” in the Table of Uses shall obtain a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Board. A Conditional Use Permit may not establish a use specifically prohibited by the Zoning Ordinance.

j) Amend Section II Definitions, inserting 2.1.C.4.a Conditional Use Permit: A conditional method to permit uses that are consistent with the intent of the underlying zoning district, as indicated by the Table of Uses in Section III, or as otherwise indicated in the Ordinance. A Conditional Use Permit shall be administered by the Planning Board, pursuant to RSA 674:21, to ensure that conditional use opportunities do not adversely impact neighboring properties, and are consistent with the health, safety and welfare of the public.