Town of Agawam, MA
Hampden County
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In any Agricultural District as indicated on the Building Zone Map, no building or other structure shall be erected, altered or used and no land shall be used or occupied for a purpose except one or more of the following:
A. 
Any use permitted in a Residence A-1 or A-2 District.
B. 
Farms, dairies, nurseries, truck gardens, greenhouses and natural ice-harvesting activities and buildings or structures accessory thereto.
C. 
Buildings or shelters for the sale of farm products, provided that a major portion of the products offered for sale at all times are raised on the premises and no advertising of products other than those raised on the premises shall be displayed.
D. 
The processing of forests and wood lots by portable woodworking mills and machinery for processing wood cut on the premises, if approved by the Board of Appeals.
E. 
Airports and landing strips and buildings or structures necessary thereto, if located west of Suffield Street.
F. 
Off-street parking for 24 hours or less for motor vehicles when the use is an accessory to an existing conforming amusement park containing at least three acres of land adjacent to agriculturally zoned land and by special permit.
[Added 2-20-2001 by TOR-2001-1]
Buildings or structures permitted in this zone under § 180-37A shall not exceed the heights permitted in § 180-24 of this chapter. For other buildings permitted by this Article, the height limitation shall be 50 feet.
A. 
Buildings and shelters for the sale of farm products shall be at least 35 feet from the street line.
B. 
Dwellings with or without attached garages shall be at least 35 feet from the street line. All other buildings of whatever description shall be at least 100 feet from the street line.
A. 
Side yards. There shall be a side yard between any building and any side lot line. It shall comply with the side yard requirements of the nearest residence district measured in a direct or air line.
B. 
Rear yards. For a residence, accessory building or other structure, the rear yard shall comply with the rear yard requirement of the nearest residence district measured in a direct or air line.
No lot shall be used for residence purposes with a frontage of less than 120 feet on a street or an area of less than 20,000 square feet.
There shall be no lot coverage regulations in this district.
A. 
Landscaped administrative offices, laboratories devoted to research, design or experimentation and processing and fabrication incidental thereto and appurtenant buildings consistent with and designed to promote and benefit the value and use of property in residential districts or in areas which are predominantly residential although partly lying in less restricted districts, provided that no materials or finished products shall be manufactured, processed or fabricated on such premises for sale except such as are incidental to such laboratory research, design or experimentation conducted on such premises.
B. 
The special use established must be on plots having a minimum of 20 acres, must have a two-hundred-foot front yard and 100 yards along all other lot lines and must provide off-street parking for employees and visitors. Pointed masonry block and cinder block walls with struck joints will be permitted for rear and side walls of buildings. Brick masonry exterior walls, curtain walls of decorated colored aluminum, enameled colored steel, stainless steel walls and glass walls are permitted for exterior uses. If the front yard is on an interior lot line, 200 feet of setback shall apply to this lot line. The only sign permitted must be in front of the building and subject to Planning Board approval. Traffic directional and parking signs must be not more than four feet high from the ground level. Not over 25% of the land shall be used for building purposes.
C. 
Landscaped rest homes or convalescent homes, except those for contagious diseases, for the care of drug or liquor patients, for correctional purposes or for the care of the insane or feebleminded. Rest homes or convalescent homes must be on plots having a minimum of 10 acres, must have a one-hundred-foot front yard and fifty-foot yards along all other lot lines and must provide off-street parking for employees and visitors. Not over 25% of the land shall be used for building purposes.
D. 
Nonprofit golf courses shall be permitted. Golf courses operated for profit shall be permitted with that portion of land covered by a clubhouse to be zoned Business A. All golf courses must be on plots having a minimum of 75 acres.
E. 
To assure that special use structures shall be reasonably attractive in appearance, the builder or his representative shall submit to the Planning Board, in addition to other requirements, an architect's rendering or comparable illustration of the planned construction, including landscaping, prior to applying for a building permit. Unless such a drawing approved by the Planning Board is submitted to the Inspector of Buildings, no permit for a building shall be issued, nor shall an occupancy permit be granted, unless and until the finished structure conforms to the drawing submitted.
F. 
Not more than one motor vehicle per 5,000 square feet of lot up to a limit of five motor vehicles shall be kept in accordance with Chapter 91 of the General Laws, only one of which can be an unregistered vehicle, exclusive of farm equipment.