Zoning Amendments

(updated 11/18/2021)

Amendments to the Zoning By-Law and Zoning Map are initiated by the Town or by resident petitioners for vote at Town Meeting twice per year, in May and November. Zoning amendments require either a majority or 2/3 majority vote of Town Meeting to pass and must then be certified by the Attorney General; see guidance issued by DHCD regarding the recently passed Housing Choice Act. We highly recommend any citizen-petitioned warrant articles first start with a policy discussion with Planning staff, and ideally endorsement, by one or more Policy Boards & Commissions. Zoning amendments are extremely technical in nature, and should be submitted for review by the Planning & Community Development Department and Town Counsel's office by February 1st for the May Town Meeting and July 15th for the November Town Meeting. 

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