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In this bylaw the following terms, unless a contrary meaning is required by the context or is specifically prescribed, shall have the following meaning. Words used in the present tense include the future, and the plural includes the singular; the word "lot" includes the word "plot," the word "building" includes the word "structure;" the word "shall" is intended to be mandatory; "occupied" or "used" shall be considered as though followed by the words "or intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied." The word "person" includes a corporation as well as an individual.
ACCESSORY BUILDING
A subordinate building located on the same lot with the principal building or use, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the main building or the use of the land.
ACCESSORY ROOFTOP ELEMENT
An architectural or other permanent feature that rises above the primary roof surface of a building but does not contain any enclosed habitable space. Examples include parapet wall, skylight, clerestory, monitor, cupola, roof deck and railing, roof access hatch and/or headhouse, mechanical equipment, and elevator headhouse.
ACCESSORY USE
A use customarily incidental to that of the principal building or use of the land and located on the same lot as such principal building or use.
ADULT BOOKSTORE
An establishment having as a substantial or significant portion of its stock-in-trade books, magazines and other matter which is distinguished or characterized by its emphasis depicting, describing or relating to sexual conduct or sexual excitement as defined in MGL c. 272, § 31.
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT
Shall refer to the following uses as defined in this bylaw: "adult bookstore," "adult motion-picture theaters," "adult paraphernalia store," "adult video store" and "establishments which display live nudity."
ADULT MOTION-PICTURE THEATERS
An enclosed building used for presenting material distinguished by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to sexual conduct or sexual excitement as defined by MGL c. 272, § 31.
ADULT PARAPHERNALIA STORE
An establishment having as a substantial or significant portion of its stock devices, objects, tools or toys which are distinguished or characterized by their association with sexual activity including sexual conduct or sexual excitement as defined in MGL c. 272, § 31.
ADULT VIDEO STORE
An establishment having a substantial or significant portion of its stock-in-trade videos, movies or other film material which is distinguished or characterized by its emphasis depicting, describing or relating to sexual conduct or sexual excitement as defined by MGL c. 272, § 31.
AFFORDABLE
Housing units that are affordable to and occupied by individuals and families whose annual income is less than 80% of the area-wide median income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development while paying no more than 30% of income or meeting other applicable U.S. Department of Housing and Development or Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development standards. Affordability shall be assured in perpetuity through the use of an affordable housing restriction as defined in MGL c. 184, § 31.
AIRPORT
Facility for use by and the service of small private craft, including the incidental sale, storage and repair of such craft.
ALTERATIONS
As applied to a building or structure, a change or rearrangement in the structural parts or in the exit facilities, or an enlargement whether by extending on a side or by increasing in height, or the moving from one location or position to another.
ANIMAL KENNEL OR HOSPITAL
A structure used for the harboring and/or care of more than three dogs that are more than six months old, whether commercially operated or not.
AQUIFER
A geologic formation, groups of formations or part of a formation which contains sufficient saturated permeable material to yield significant quantities of potable groundwater to public or private wells.
AREA OF SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD
The land in the floodplain within a community subject to a one-percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. The area may be designated as Zone A, AO, AH, A1-30, AE, A99, VO or V1-30, VE or V.
AREA, BUILDING
The total of areas taken on a horizontal plane at the largest floor level of the principal building and all accessory buildings exclusive of uncovered porches, terraces and steps.
AREA, NET SITE
The total area within the property lines excluding external streets.
BASE FLOOD
That flood having a one-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.
BASEMENT
A story partly underground but having at least 1/2 of its clear height above the average level of the adjoining ground.
BILLBOARD
Any outdoor general advertising sign, whether double-faced, back-to-back, or V-shaped, that is 600 square feet or larger and serves as a structure or device to advertise, direct or call attention to any business, article, substance, or service, or anything that is painted, printed, pasted or affixed to any building, structure, wall, fence, pole, railing, natural object or structure of any kind on real property or upon the ground itself, and that advertises services, products or commodities that may or may not be available on the premises on which the billboard is located. An electronic billboard that changes its message or copy at intervals by programmable electronic, digital or mechanical processes or remote control shall be included within the definition of "billboard."
[Added 6-6-2016 ATM by Art. 51]
BOARDINGHOUSE
Any dwelling in which more than two persons not members of the family residing on the premises, either individually or as families, are housed or lodged for hire with or without meals. A rooming house or furnished rooming house shall be deemed a boardinghouse.
BOATHOUSE, PRIVATE
Facility for storage of boats for private use and not for hire.
BOATHOUSE, PUBLIC
A structure for the storage of boats for remuneration or hire, but not including boat or fuel sales or major boat repairs.
BUFFER AREA
A unit of land, together with a specified type and amount of planting thereon, which shall provide a year-round screen between buildings and abutters.
BUILDING COVERAGE
That percentage which the building area is of the net site area.
BUILDING HEIGHT
The vertical distance measured from the average elevation of the proposed finished grade at the front of the building to the highest point of the roof for flat roofs, to the deckline of mansard roofs, and to the mean height between eaves and ridge for gable, hip and gambrel roofs.
BUILDING, DETACHED
A building completely surrounded by open space on the same lot.
BUILDING, FRONT LINE OF
The line of that face of the building nearest the front line of the lot. This face includes sun parlors and covered porches, whether enclosed or unenclosed, but does not include steps.
BUILDING, PRINCIPAL
A building in which is conducted the main or principal use of the lot on which said building is situated.
BUILDING, REAR LINE OF
The line of that face of the building farthest from the front line of the lot. This face includes sun parlors and covered porches, whether enclosed or unenclosed, but does not include steps.
BULK STORAGE
Exposed outside storage of sand, lumber, coal or other bulk materials, and storage of liquids in tanks except underground as an accessory use.
BUSINESS OFFICES
Facility for the transaction of business exclusive of the receipt, retail sale or processing of merchandise.
CAMPING, COMMERCIAL
Premises used for campers, tenting or temporary overnight facilities of any kind where a fee is charged.
CAMPING, SUPERVISED
Facilities operated on a seasonal basis for a continuing supervised recreational, health, educational, religious and/or athletic program, with persons enrolled for periods of not less than one week.
CELLAR
A story partly underground and having more than 1/2 of its height below the average level of the adjoining ground.
CEMETERY
Premises for the cremation and/or burial of the dead; including embalming facilities.
CLUB
Premises or buildings of a nonprofit organization exclusively servicing members and their guests for recreational, athletic or civic purposes, but not including any vending stands, merchandising or commercial activities except as required generally for the membership and purposes of such club. Does not include golf clubs or sportsmen's clubs elsewhere defined, or clubs or organizations whose chief activity is a service customarily carried on as a business.
CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT
An option which permits an applicant to build single-family attached and detached units with reduced lot area and frontage requirements, so as to create a development in which the buildings and accessory uses are clustered together into one or more groups with adjacent common open land.
CONTRACTOR'S YARD
Premises used by a building contractor or subcontractor for storage of equipment and supplies, fabrication of subassemblies, and parking of wheeled equipment.
COVER
Naturally occurring vegetation: trees, shrubbery and plant life.
DESIGN STANDARDS
All provisions of this bylaw that apply to site design, building design, and landscape design within the Town Center District (TCD).
A. 
All land within the Town Center District (TCD) that can feasibly be developed into residential or mixed-use development.
B. 
This does not include:
(1) 
Substantially developed land;
(2) 
Protected open space;
(3) 
Future open space;
(4) 
Rights-of-way of existing public streets, ways, and transit lines;
(5) 
Land currently in use for governmental functions (except to the extent that such land qualifies as underutilized land); or
(6) 
Areas exceeding 1/2 acre of contiguous land that are:
(a) 
Protected wetland resources (including buffer zones) under federal, state, or local laws;
(b) 
Rare species habitat designated under federal or state law; or
(c) 
Characterized by steep slopes with an average gradient of at least 15%.
DEVELOPMENT
Any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations.
DISPOSAL
The deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking, incineration or placing of any hazardous material into or on any land or water so that such hazardous material or any constituent thereof may enter the environment or be emitted into the air or discharged into any waters including groundwater.
DRIVE-THROUGH WINDOW
A service provided by a business that allows customers to purchase products without leaving their cars.
[Added 6-6-2016 ATM by Art. 50]
DWELLING
A building designed or used exclusively as the living quarters for one or more families.
DWELLING, ATTACHED RESIDENTIAL CLUSTER
Two or more attached dwelling units, each having individual entrances.
DWELLING CONVERSION
Change in construction or occupancy of a dwelling to accommodate families in addition to the number by which it was previously occupied.
DWELLING, DETACHED RESIDENTIAL CLUSTER
A dwelling unit having reduced yard, frontage and area requirements and a provision for open space as conditions of a special permit.
DWELLING, MOBILE
A movable living unit designed for year-round occupancy, sometimes termed a "trailer home," whether on wheels or on rigid supports.
DWELLING, MULTIFAMILY
A structure occupied by three or more families living independently of each other.
DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY
A detached building occupied by a single family and having no party wall or walls in common with an adjacent structure.
DWELLING, TWO-FAMILY
A detached building designed for two families.
DWELLING UNIT
A single unit providing complete independent living facilities for one family, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
EARTH REMOVAL
Extraction of sand, gravel, topsoil, or other earth for sale or for use at a site removed from the place of extraction, exclusive of the grading of a lot preparatory to the construction of a building for which a building permit has been issued, or the grading of streets in accordance with an approved definitive plan.
ERECT
To build, construct, reconstruct, move upon or conduct any physical development on the premises required for a building. To excavate, fill, drain and the like preparation for building shall also be considered to "erect."
ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH DISPLAY LIVE NUDITY
Any establishment which provides live entertainment for its patrons, which includes the display of nudity as defined in MGL c. 272, § 31.
FAMILY
Any number of individuals living and cooking together on the premises as a single housekeeping unit.
FARM
Premises used for gain in the raising of fur-bearing animals.
FARM, OTHER STOCK
Premises used for gain in the raising of stock other than poultry, pigs or fur-bearing animals.
FARM, PIG
Premises used for gain in the raising of pigs.
FARM, POULTRY
Premises used for gain in the production of poultry and eggs, having more than 10 poultry.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)
Administers the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA provides a nationwide flood hazard area mapping study program for communities as well as regulatory standards for development in the flood hazard areas.
FILLING STATION
Any area of land, including structure thereon, that is used for the supply of gasoline or oil or other vehicle fuel and which may include facilities used or designed to be used for polishing, greasing, washing, spraying or otherwise cleaning or servicing such motor vehicles. Such use shall not include bodywork or the painting of vehicles or other than minor repair work.
FLOOD HAZARD BOUNDARY MAP (FHBM)
An official map of a community issued by FEMA where the boundaries of the flood, mudslide (i.e., mudflow) related erosion areas having special hazards have been designated as Zones A, M and/or E.
FLOOD INSURANCE STUDY
An examination, evaluation and determination of flood hazards and, if appropriate, corresponding water surface elevations, or an examination, evaluation and determination of mudslide (i.e., mudflow) and/or flood-related erosion hazards.
FLOODWAY
See "regulatory floodway."
FLOOR AREA, MAXIMUM
The total floor area of a building or buildings upon the same lot, including all floors but excluding the cellar.
FLOOR AREA, NET
The usable or leasable floor area of a building, excluding halls, stairways, vents, elevator shafts, mechanical equipment rooms, inner courts, attached garages, porches, balconies, basement or attic storage areas, and other common space or uninhabitable space.
FUNCTIONALLY DEPENDENT USE
A use which cannot perform its intended purpose unless it is located or carried out in close proximity to water. The term includes only docking facilities, port facilities that are necessary for the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers, and shipbuilding and ship repair facilities, but does not include long-term storage or related manufacturing facilities.
FUNERAL HOME
Facility for the conduct of funerals and related activities such as embalming.
GAME PRESERVE
Premises used for hunting for a fee.
GOLF COURSE
An unlighted area of at least 30 acres, with nine or more standard holes and customary accessory buildings.
GROUNDWATER
All the water beneath the surface of the ground.
GUESTHOUSE, COMMERCIAL
A dwelling of single-family character in which not more than four individual rooms are offered for rent, for the primary purpose of furnishing overnight lodging to tourists.
GUESTHOUSE, PRIVATE
A detached or semidetached building located upon the same lot with a one-family dwelling, containing not more than 250 square feet and not containing cooking facilities, the use of said building being limited to the entertainment of relatives and friends without fee or other costs.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Any substance or combination of substances, not including any liquid petroleum product, that, because of quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics, poses a significant present or potential hazard to water supplies or to human health if disposed of into or on any land or water in this Town. Any substance deemed a "hazardous waste" in MGL c. 21C, shall also be deemed a hazardous material for purpose of this bylaw.
HOME OCCUPATION
An occupation or a profession which: a) is customarily carried on in a dwelling unit or in a building or other structure accessory to a dwelling unit; and b) is carried on by a member of the family residing in the dwelling unit; and c) is clearly incidental to the use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes.
HOMES ASSOCIATION
A corporation or trust owned or to be owned by the owner of lots or residential units within a tract approved for cluster development, which holds the title to open land and which is responsible for the costs and maintenance of said open land and any other facilities to be held in common.
HOSPITAL
Facility for the care and treatment of patients, as licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
HOTEL
Premises used as individual sleeping or dwelling units without kitchens, with primary access to each unit through enclosed corridors.
IMPERVIOUS
Impenetrable by water.
INDUSTRIAL BUILDING
An enclosed structure whose original purpose was for manufacturing or storage.
INDUSTRY
Fabrication, assembly, finishing, packaging, processing, or research such that the following criteria are met: a) no noise, vibration or flashing is normally perceptible above street noise without instruments at any point more than 350 feet from the premises; b) smoke density does not exceed No. 2 of the Ringelmann Scale for more than 10% of the time and at no time exceeds No. 3 on that scale; c) all cinders, dust, fumes, gases, odors and electromagnetic interference is effectively confined to the premises.
INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT
A commercial development of one or more buildings that may be located on two or more contiguous lots and is sited and designed as a unit.
JUNK
Any article or material or collection thereof which is worn out, cast off, discarded or which is ready for destruction or has been collected or stored for salvage or conversion. Any article or material which, unaltered or unchanged and without further reconditioning, can be used for its original purpose as readily as when new shall not be considered junk. The outdoor display or storage of two or more unregistered or inoperable automobiles shall be considered junk.
JUNKYARD
The use of any area of any lot, whether inside or outside a building, for the storage, keeping or abandonment of junk, or scrap or discarded materials, or the dismantling, demolition or abandonment of automobile(s) or other vehicle(s) or machinery or parts thereof.
LANDSCAPING
Unoccupied space open to the sky on the same lot with a building, free of all structures, parking, pavement or other uses that preclude landscaping, maintained with grass or other planted material.
LEACHABLE WASTES
Waste materials, including solid wastes, sewage, sludge and agricultural wastes, that are capable of releasing waterborne contaminants to the surrounding environment.
LIVE-WORK UNITS
A structure used by a single household both as a dwelling unit and as a work space, as defined herein, where such work space occupies at least 50% of the unit’s total floor area. The unit may be designed as a “liveabove” with the work space on the ground level and the living space above or it may be designed as a “live beside” with the work space and the living space on the same level but adequately separated. The living space of a live-work unit shall contain a kitchen area and sanitary facilities.
LOT
A continuous parcel of land meeting the minimum lot requirements of this bylaw for the district in which such land is situated, and if occupied by a building or buildings, meeting the minimum yard requirements of that district, and having the required frontage on a street or on such other means of access as may be determined in accordance with the provisions of the law to be adequate as a condition of the issuance of a building permit.
LOT CORNER
A lot which has an interior angle of less than 135° at the intersection of two street lines. A lot abutting a curbed street shall be considered a corner lot if the tangents to the curb at the points of the intersection of the side lot lines intersect at an interior angle of less than 135°.
LOT LINES
The lines bounding a lot as defined herein.
LOT, DEPTH OF
The mean distance from the street line of the lot to its opposite rear line measured in the general direction of the side lines of the lot.
LOT, FRONTAGE
That portion of a lot fronting upon a street or public way, to be measured continuously along one street line between its side lot lines and the intersection with the street line.
LOT, WIDTH OF
The diameter of the largest circle that can be inscribed within the side lot lines at every point on a continuous line from the frontage of the lot to the front line of the principal building of the lot.
[Amended 6-1-2015 ATM by Art. 61]
LOWEST FLOOR
The lowest floor of the lowest enclosure (including basement or cellar). An unfinished or flood-resistant enclosure, usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access or storage in an area other than a basement area is not considered a building's lowest floor.
MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT
The development of a tract of land, building, or structure with two or more different uses such as, but not limited to, residential, office, retail, institutional, entertainment, in a compact village form with vehicular access to an accepted public way.
MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT, HORIZONTAL
Two or more buildings on one lot which provide retail/commercial or service uses in building(s) facing the street and residential or office uses above the ground floor or in separate building(s) behind or to the side.
MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT, VERTICAL
A single building in which the ground floor facing the street is used primarily for retail/commercial or service uses, and other ground floor and upper floor space used for residential or office uses.
MIXED USE INFILL
Within the Town Center District (TCD), the development of a tract of land, building, or structure with two or more different uses such as, but not limited to, residential, office, retail, institutional, and entertainment, in a compact village form. A proposed mixed use infill development shall have no minimum area requirements other than those imposed by dimensional requirements of the Plainville Zoning Bylaws but shall occur only on parcels of land less than five acres in size. The proposed mixed use infill development shall demonstrate that the project shall be served by town water and sewer service upon completion of the proposed development.
MOBILE STRUCTURE
A movable structure designed for year-round occupancy used for office or other nonresidential activity.
MOTEL
Premises used as individual sleeping or dwelling units without kitchens, with primary access from each unit directly outdoors. The building or group of buildings may be either detached or in connected units. The term "motel" includes buildings designated as "tourist courts," "motor lodges," "cabins" and by similar appellations.
MOTOR VEHICLE, BOAT AND FARM IMPLEMENT BODY REPAIRS
Premises principally used for body repairs and/or painting.
MOTOR VEHICLE, BOAT AND FARM IMPLEMENT GENERAL REPAIRS
Premises for the general repair of vehicles, including light service and minor body repairs and painting, but not to include premises primarily engaged in body repairs and/or painting.
MOTOR VEHICLE, BOAT AND FARM IMPLEMENT USED PARTS AND DISMANTLING
Premises used for the storage, dismantling, collection and/or sale of parts from inoperative vehicles.
MOTOR VEHICLE, BOAT, AND FARM IMPLEMENT SALES OR RENTAL
Premises with first and/or second class license for new and/or used auto sales or for auto rentals or similar establishments for boat or for implement sales. Includes incidental service facilities.
MUNICIPAL USE
Premises used for any operation by the Town government, except as elsewhere more specifically defined.
NONCONFORMING USE OF LAND OR BUILDING
A building or land lawfully occupied at the time of adoption of this bylaw by a use that does not conform to the adopted regulations of the district in which it is situated.
NURSERY or GREENHOUSE
Premises used for the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines, flowers or other plants for transplanting, stock for grafting, or for cut flowers.
NURSERY or GREENHOUSE, PRIVATE
An accessory use whose products are not for sale at either retail or wholesale.
NURSING, CONVALESCENT OR REST HOME
Premises for the care of three or more persons, as licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
OCCUPANCY PERMIT
A permit issued by the Building Inspector authorizing the occupancy and the use of land and/or structures and buildings.
ONE-HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD
See "base flood."
OPEN LAND
Open space within a cluster, prohibited from development.
OPEN SPACE
The portion of a lot that is not covered with structures, access roads or driveways, sidewalks, patios, off-street parking or any other material placed on or above the earth which substantially reduces or prevents the natural percolation of water. The open space shall be suitably landscaped with noninvasive, drought-resistant plantings, which may include trees, flowers, shrubs, succulents or ornamental or other grasses.
OVERLAY DISTRICT
A set of zoning requirements that are described in the bylaw text, mapped and imposed in addition to those of the underlying district.
PARKING, ACCESSORY
Parking on the same lot as the principal use, to service that use only.
PARKING, BUSINESS
Parking for the use of employees, customers or visitors of any nonresidential activity, when not located on the same lot as the activity it serves, including the parking of up to three commercial vehicles.
PARKING, PRIVATE
Accessory parking, not including parking of more than one commercial vehicle, for vehicles of over two-ton load capacity, or of more than one vehicle for fee.
PARKING, PUBLIC
Parking of noncommercial vehicles for fee, whether enclosed or not.
PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTION
An endowed or charitably-supported nonprofit religious or nonsectarian activity maintained for public or semipublic use.
PORCH, COVERED
Part of a structure having a roof and floor, either with or without enclosing walls or windows.
PORTABLE SIGN
A wheeled or movable vehicle or fixture, its primary intent being relocation from one place to another with a varying message display. A so-called "rent-a-sign."
PRINTING SHOP
Premises used for reproduction services, including commercial printers, periodical printing, blueprinting, composition, and binding.
PUBLIC OPEN SPACE
Open space that is accessible to and available to the public on a regular basis, whether owned by the Town of Plainville or other public or private entity.
PUBLIC UTILITY
Utility licensed by the Department of Public Utilities.
[Amended 6-1-2015 ATM by Art. 62]
PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICE AREA
An area used for bulk storage, exposed equipment, or truck parking.
RADIO TRANSMISSION
Premises used for the commercial transmission of radio or television, not including studios.
RECHARGE AREA
Any area of porous, permeable geologic deposits, especially, but not exclusively, deposits of stratified sand and gravel, through which water from any source drains into an aquifer, and includes any wetland or body of surface water surrounded by or adjacent to such area, together with the watershed of any wetlands or body of surface water adjacent to such area.
RECREATION, INDOOR COMMERCIAL
Theater, bowling alley or other commercial recreation or entertainment carried on wholly in an enclosed building.
RECREATION, OUTDOOR COMMERCIAL
Drive-in theater, golf, driving range, bathing beach or other commercial recreation carried on in whole or in part outdoors, except those activities more specifically designated elsewhere in this bylaw.
RECREATION, PRIVATE
Recreation facilities accessory to and on the same lot as a principal building.
REGULATORY FLOODWAY
The channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation.
RELIGIOUS USE
Premises used primarily for worship.
RESTAURANT, INDOOR
Establishment for the sale of prepared food for consumption on the premises, either indoors out of sight of any public way, or for consumption in the home.
RESTAURANT, WITH OUTDOOR SERVICE
Establishment serving food to persons outside of any building and within sight of a public way.
RETAIL BUSINESS
Premises used for the retail sale of goods for personal or household use, with storage or processing occupying not more than 50% of the gross floor area, and also premises used for personal business or household services. Does not include retail businesses elsewhere defined.
ROADSIDE STAND
A structure of a semipermanent or temporary type located in a district in which agricultural uses are allowed, from which raw produce, the major portion of which is grown on the premises, is offered for sale to the public.
SCHOOL, NURSERY
A facility designed to provide daytime care or instruction for two or more children from two to five years of age, inclusive, and operated on a regular basis.
SCHOOL, OTHER
An educational institution which is religious, sectarian, denominational or public.
SCHOOL, PRIVATE
An educational facility other than a nursery school or those covered by MGL c. 40A, § 2.
SIGN
Any structure or part thereof attached thereto or painted or represented thereon, which shall display or include any letter, word, model, banner, flag, pennant, insignia, device or representation used as or which is in the nature of an announcement, direction or advertisement. The word "sign" includes the word "billboard" but does not include the flag, pennant or insignia of any nation, state or other political unit or of any political, educational, charitable, philanthropic, civic, professional, religious or like campaign, drive, movement or event.
SIGN, AREA OF
The area of a freestanding sign shall be considered to include all lettering, wording and accompanying designs and symbols, together with the background, whether open or enclosed, on which they are displayed. The supporting framework, open or enclosed, may be part of the design, but for the purpose of this bylaw shall not be considered part of the sign area unless used for lettering, wording or symbols. When the sign consists of individual letters or symbols attached to or painted on a surface, building wall or window, the area shall be considered to be that of the smallest rectangular or other regular shape which encompasses all of the letters and symbols.
SOLID WASTES
Discarded solid materials with insufficient liquid content to be free-flowing, including, for example, rubbish, garbage, scrap materials, junk, refuse, inert fill material and landscape refuse.
SPECIAL HAZARD AREA
An area having special flood, mudslide (i.e., mudflow) and/or flood-related erosion hazards, and shown on an FHBM or FIRM as Zone A, AO, A1-30, AE, A99, AH and E.
SPORTSMEN'S CLUB
A club whose primary purposes are conservation, hunting or fishing.
STABLE, PRIVATE
An accessory building in which horses are kept for private use and not for hire, remuneration or sale.
STABLE, PUBLIC
A building in which horses are kept for remuneration, hire or sale.
STREET
A way other than a private way which affords the principal means of access to abutting properties.
STREET LINE
The line between the lot and the street layout.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires location on the ground or attachment to something located on the ground, except a boundary wall or fence.
STRUCTURE
For floodplain management purposes, a walled and roofed building, including a gas or liquid storage tank, that is principally above ground, as well as a manufactured home.
SUBSTANTIALLY DEVELOPED LAND
Land within the Town Center District (TCD) that is currently used for commercial, industrial, institutional, or governmental use, or for residential use consistent with the densities allowable as-of-right under the underlying zoning, and which does not qualify as underutilized land.
TATTOO PARLOR/BODY-PIERCING STUDIO
An establishment whose principal business activity, either in terms of operation or as held out to the public, is the practice of one or more of the following: placing of designs, letters, figures, symbols or other marks upon or under the skin of any person, using ink or other substances that result in permanent coloration or alteration of the skin by means of use of needles or other instruments designed to contact or puncture the skin; creation of an opening in the body of a person for the purpose of inserting jewelry or other decoration.
TEMPORARY SIGN
Any signboard, A-frame, placard or similar message-bearing device not permanently fixed in position and intended for a limited period of display commonly less than 60 days. The words "temporary sign" include the words "sign" and "portable sign."
TEMPORARY STRUCTURE
An accessory tent or construction shanty to be used for less than one year.
TRAILER
A mobile dwelling or other mobile structure.
TRAILER PARK or MOBILE HOME PARK
Premises with prepared sites used for the placement of mobile dwellings for nontransient use.
TRANSPORTATION TERMINAL
Premises for parking and/or servicing of more than three commercial vehicles or any number of over two-ton load capacity. Premises used for motor vehicle, boat, and farm implement sales or rental shall not be considered transportation terminals.
[Amended 6-6-2016 ATM by Art. 45]
UNDERUTILIZED LAND
Developable land within the Town Center District (TCD) that would otherwise qualify as substantially developed land, but which contains land and/or buildings that are currently underutilized and may potentially be recycled or converted into residential or mixed use development. Part or all of a parcel of land may be deemed “underutilized” if it is no longer necessary to support the current use, based on factors including current and projected employment levels, vacancy rates, and parking demand.
USES
The specific purpose for which land or a building is designed, arranged, intended or for which it is or may be occupied or maintained. The term "permitted use" or its equivalent shall not be deemed to include any nonconforming use.
WETLANDS
Area characterized by vegetation described in MGL c. 131, § 40.
WORK SPACE
An area within a live-work unit that is designed or equipped exclusively or principally for the conduct of work activities and is to be regularly used for such work activities by one or more occupants of the unit.