Chapter 7-04
ZONING DISTRICTS

Sections:

7-04-010    Classification of districts

7-04-020    Zoning map established

7-04-030    Floodplain Overlay District; boundaries

7-04-040    Interpretation of zoning map; district boundaries

7-04-050    Lots divided by district boundaries

7-04-010 Classification of districts.

A.    Districts. For the purposes of this bylaw, the Town of Northborough is divided into the following zoning districts:

(1)    Residential districts.

(a)    Single-Family Residential.

[1]    Residence A (RA).

[2]    Residence B (RB).

[3]    Residence C (RC).

(b)    General Residential (GR).

(c)    Main Street Residential (MSR).

(d)    Downtown Neighborhood (DN).

(2)    Nonresidential districts.

(a)    Business districts.

[1]    Downtown Business (DB).

[2]    Business East (BE).

[3]    Business West (BW).

[4]    Business South (BS).

[5]    Highway Business (HB).

(b)    Industrial (I).

B.    Overlay districts. There are hereby established the following overlay districts:

(1)    Groundwater Protection Overlay District (GPOD).

(2)    Floodplain Overlay District (FOD).

(3)    Major Commercial Development Overlay District (MCDOD).

(4)    Residential-Open Space Planning Overlay District (ROPOD).

(4-27-09 ATM, Art. 31; 4-26-10 ATM, Art. 28.)

7-04-020 Zoning map established.

Said districts hereinbefore referred to are located as shown on the zoning map entitled “Zoning Map – Town of Northborough,” dated April 2009, as amended, filed in the office of the Town Clerk, which map is hereby incorporated in and made a part of this bylaw.

(4-27-09 ATM, Art. 31; 4-26-10 ATM, Art. 28.)

7-04-030 Floodplain Overlay District; boundaries.

A.    The Floodplain Overlay District is herein established as an overlay district. The district includes all special flood hazard areas within the Town of Northborough designated as Zones A and AE, on the Worcester County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the administration of the National Flood Insurance Program. The map panels of the Worcester County FIRM that are wholly or partially within the Town of Northborough are panel numbers 25027C0629F, 25027C0631F, 25027C0632F, 25027C0633F, 25027C0634F, 25027C0641F, 25027C0642F, 25027C0643F, 25027C0651F, 25027C0653F, 25027C0654F, 25027C0661F and 25027C0662F dated July 16, 2014. The exact boundaries of the district may be defined by the 100-year base flood elevations shown on the FIRM and further defined by the Worcester County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report dated July 16, 2014. The FIRM and FIS report are incorporated herein by reference and are on file with the Building Department, Planning Department, and Engineering Department.

B.    Areas within the Floodplain Overlay District boundaries specified on the floodplain maps are not subject to the provisions of the Floodplain Overlay District if their elevation, as determined by a registered professional engineer, exceeds the elevation of the surrounding floodplain as shown on the most recent floodplain maps.

(4-27-09 ATM, Art. 31; 4-26-10 ATM, Art. 28; 4-25-11 ATM, Art. 33; 4-28-14 ATM, Art. 42.)

7-04-040 Interpretation of zoning map; district boundaries.

Location of boundaries. The location of the boundary lines of the districts shown upon the aforesaid zoning map shall be determined as follows:

A.    Boundaries indicated as approximately following the center lines of streets, highways or transmission lines shall be construed to follow such center lines.

B.    Boundaries indicated as approximately following the side lines of streets or highways shall be construed to follow such side lines.

C.    Boundaries indicated as approximately following lot lines shall be construed as following such lot lines.

D.    Boundaries indicated as parallel to or extensions of features such as streets, transmission lines, railroads and watercourses shall be so construed. Distances not specifically indicated on the zoning map shall be determined by the scale of the map.

E.    Boundaries indicated as approximately following town limits shall be construed as following the town limits.

F.    Boundaries indicated as following railroad lines shall be construed to be midway between the main tracks.

G.    Boundaries indicated as following shorelines shall be construed to follow the mean water level of such shoreline; boundaries indicated as approximately following the center lines of streams, rivers, lakes or other bodies of water shall be construed to follow such center lines.

(4-27-09 ATM, Art. 31; 4-26-10 ATM, Art. 28.)

7-04-050 Lots divided by district boundaries.

Where a lot is situated in more than one (1) district, the use regulations that apply in either district shall apply in both districts for a distance of fifty (50) feet on either side of the district boundary; provided, that the lot existed at the time the district boundary was drawn and the dimensional regulations of the district in which more than fifty percent (50%) of the lot is located shall apply throughout. The Zoning Board of Appeals may grant a special permit to extend the fifty (50) foot distance to not more than seventy-five (75) feet or to reduce the front yard setback for a business use if the lot frontage is located in a business district.

(4-27-09 ATM, Art. 31; 4-26-10 ATM, Art. 28.)