Town of Georgetown, MA
Essex County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Georgetown Town Meeting 10-7-1954. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Building construction — See Ch. 29.

Earth removal — See Ch. 53.

Erosion control — See Ch. 57.

Wetlands protection — See Ch. 161.

Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 365.

Building and occupancy permits — See Ch. 510.

ARTICLE I
General Provisions (§ 165-1 — § 165-7) 

ARTICLE II
Use and Intensity Schedules (§ 165-8 — § 165-11) 

ARTICLE III
Rate of Development (§ 165-12 — § 165-19) 

ARTICLE IV
Floodplain District (§ 165-20 — § 165-28) 

ARTICLE V
Water Resource District (§ 165-29 — § 165-38) 

ARTICLE VI
Groundwater Protection District (§ 165-39 — § 165-46) 

ARTICLE VII
Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) (§ 165-47 — § 165-59) 

ARTICLE VIII
(Reserved) (§ 165-60) 

ARTICLE IX
Parking and Loading (§ 165-61 — § 165-62) 

ARTICLE X
Signs (§ 165-63 — § 165-66) 

ARTICLE XI
Supplementary Regulations (§ 165-67 — § 165-69.1) 

ARTICLE XII
Miscellaneous Provisions (§ 165-70 — § 165-73.2) 

ARTICLE XIII
Special Permits and Site Plan Review (§ 165-74 — § 165-83) 

ARTICLE XIV
Board of Appeals (§ 165-84 — § 165-86) 

ARTICLE XV
Nonconformities (§ 165-87 — § 165-94) 

ARTICLE XVI
Administration and Enforcement (§ 165-95 — § 165-99) 

ARTICLE XVII
Independent Senior Housing (§ 165-100 — § 165-134) 

165a Table of Zoning 165b Use Regulations Schedule 165c Intensity of Use Schedule
Article I General Provisions

§ 165-1 Purpose.

§ 165-2 Designation of districts.

§ 165-3 Descriptions of districts.

§ 165-4 Compliance required.

§ 165-5 Meanings of terms.

§ 165-6 Validity.

§ 165-7 Definitions and word usage.

Article II Use and Intensity Schedules

§ 165-8 Compliance with schedules required.

§ 165-9 Conformity with schedules required.

§ 165-10 Waiver of requirements.

§ 165-10.1 Accessory buildings and pools.

§ 165-11 Use Regulations and Intensity of Use Schedules.

Article III Rate of Development

§ 165-12 Purpose.

§ 165-13 Applicability.

§ 165-14 New dwelling unit limitation Town-wide.

§ 165-15 Individual development phasing.

§ 165-16 Procedures.

§ 165-17 Exemptions.

§ 165-18 Definitions.

§ 165-19 Separability.

Article IV Floodplain District

§ 165-20 Special permits required.

§ 165-21 Uses permitted without special permit.

§ 165-22 Uses permitted with Board of Appeals approval.

§ 165-23 Prohibition.

§ 165-24 Base flood elevation.

§ 165-25 Removal of earth products.

§ 165-26 Area, yard and height requirements.

§ 165-27 Severability.

§ 165-28 Delineation of floodplain.

Article V Water Resource District

§ 165-29 Purpose.

§ 165-30 Creation; applicability of underlying district.

§ 165-31 Prohibited uses.

§ 165-32 Special permit uses.

§ 165-33 Application information.

§ 165-34 Design and operations guidelines.

§ 165-35 Conditions for granting special permit.

§ 165-36 Delineation of district.

§ 165-37 Recovery of penalty for violation.

§ 165-38 Violations and penalties.

Article VI Groundwater Protection District

§ 165-39 Purpose.

§ 165-40 Scope of authority.

§ 165-41 Definitions.

§ 165-42 Establishment and delineation of aquifers and recharge areas.

§ 165-43 District boundary disputes.

§ 165-44 Use regulations.

§ 165-45 Procedures for issuance of special permit.

§ 165-46 Severability.

Article VII Open Space Residential Development (OSRD)

§ 165-47 Purpose and intent.

§ 165-48 Applicability.

§ 165-49 Special permit required.

§ 165-50 Preapplication.

§ 165-51 Design process.

§ 165-52 Procedures.

§ 165-53 Basic maximum number of lots/dwelling units.

§ 165-54 Reduction of dimensional requirements.

§ 165-55 Open space requirements.

§ 165-56 Design standards.

§ 165-57 Decision of the Planning Board.

§ 165-58 Increases in permissible density.

§ 165-59 Adoption of rules and regulations.

Article VIII (Reserved)

§ 165-60 (Reserved)

Article IX Parking and Loading

§ 165-61 Minimum Off-street parking requirements.

§ 165-61.1 Parking lot aisle dimensions.

§ 165-62 Loading and unloading areas.

Article X Signs

§ 165-63 General prohibitions.

§ 165-64 Residential districts.

§ 165-65 Business districts.

§ 165-66 Industrial districts.

Article XI Supplementary Regulations

§ 165-67 Roadside stands.

§ 165-68 Apartments.

§ 165-69 Accessory apartments.

§ 165-69.1 Public tree replacement.

Article XII Miscellaneous Provisions

§ 165-70 Minimum residential livable floor area.

§ 165-70.1 Temporary structures.

§ 165-70.2 Temporary storage containers/trailers.

§ 165-71 Inclusionary housing balance bylaw.

§ 165-72 Junk vehicles.

§ 165-73 Adequate lot frontage; common drive.

§ 165-73.1 Access across lot frontage.

§ 165-73.2 Courts and lanes.

Article XIII Special Permits and Site Plan Review

§ 165-74 Public hearing on special permit required.

§ 165-75 Lapse of special permit.

§ 165-76 Scientific research.

§ 165-77 Failure to act on application for special permit.

§ 165-78 Special permit conditions.

§ 165-79 Required findings for granting of special permit.

§ 165-80 Adult Entertainment Overlay District.

§ 165-80.1 Wireless communication facility special permits.

§ 165-80.2 Major development review.

§ 165-81 More than one building on lot requires special permit.

§ 165-82 Associate member of Planning Board to act on special permits.

§ 165-83 Site plan approval.

Article XIV Board of Appeals

§ 165-84 Power to grant variances.

§ 165-85 Membership.

§ 165-86 Terms of office.

Article XV Nonconformities

§ 165-87 Applicability.

§ 165-88 List of special permits and variances.

§ 165-89 Changes in single- and two-family structures.

§ 165-90 Billboards, signs and other advertising devices.

§ 165-91 Abandonment.

§ 165-92 Parcels devoted to agriculture, horticulture or floriculture.

§ 165-93 Conformance to amendments.

§ 165-94 Preexisting nonconforming structures or uses.

Article XVI Administration and Enforcement

§ 165-95 Building permit required.

§ 165-96 Occupancy permits.

§ 165-97 Enforcement.

§ 165-98 Appeals.

§ 165-99 Violations and penalties.

Article XVII Independent Senior Housing

§ 165-100 Definitions; objectives.

§ 165-101 Where permitted.

§ 165-102 Establishment of District.

§ 165-103 Location.

§ 165-104 Age and occupancy restriction.

§ 165-105 Minimum lot area.

§ 165-106 Number of dwelling units per continuous buildable area.

§ 165-107 Number of dwelling units per building.

§ 165-108 Number of bedrooms per dwelling building.

§ 165-109 Number of bedrooms per dwelling unit.

§ 165-110 Parking requirements.

§ 165-111 Dimensional requirements.

§ 165-112 Number of dwelling units per development.

§ 165-113 Allowable lot coverage.

§ 165-114 Number of dwelling units in Town.

§ 165-115 Road design, drainage and maintenance.

§ 165-116 Project maintenance.

§ 165-117 Traffic.

§ 165-118 Lighting.

§ 165-119 Underground utilities.

§ 165-120 Site size and shape.

§ 165-121 Style and design.

§ 165-122 Landscaping.

§ 165-123 Open space.

§ 165-124 Security and fire protection.

§ 165-125 Charges and uses by outside interests.

§ 165-126 Additional subdivision.

§ 165-127 Conversion.

§ 165-128 Housing balance for independent senior housing.

§ 165-129 Exemption to rate of development.

§ 165-130 (Reserved)

§ 165-131 Special permit.

§ 165-132 Application.

§ 165-133 Criteria for SPGA review and approval.

§ 165-134 SPGA approval or disapproval.