[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Chelmsford 5-8-1975 by Art. 34. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 195.
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the Town of Chelmsford or their architecture through the maintenance and improvement of settings for such buildings and places and the encouragement of design compatible therein.
There is hereby established under MGL c. 40C, as amended, a Chelmsford Historic District Commission, with all the powers and duties of an historic district commission under such statute. The Commission shall consist of five members and two alternate members. One of the five members shall be a resident or owner of property in an historic district administered by the Commission. One of the five members shall be chosen from two nominees submitted by the Chelmsford Historical Commission. Other members shall be chosen in accordance with the provisions of such statute.
The initial appointments to the Commission shall be as follows: one member appointed for a one-year term; two members appointed for a two-year term each; two members appointed for a three-year term each; one alternate member for a term of two years; and one alternate member for a term of three years. The successors of members and alternate members shall be appointed for terms of three years.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this chapter to the contrary, the authority of the Commission shall not extend to the review of the following categories of building or structures or exterior architectural features:
The color of paint.
The color of materials used on roofs.
The reconstruction substantially similar in exterior design of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided that such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
Storm doors and windows and screen doors and windows.
The Commission shall review, from time to time, possible additional historic districts and propose, as it deems appropriate, the establishment of additional historic districts or changes in historic districts. The Commission shall report on this activity in the town annual report at least biennially.
The Historic District Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of its business, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Historic District Act, MGL c. 40C, as amended, and may, subject to appropriation, employ clerical and technical assistants or consultants and may accept money gifts and expend the same for such purpose.
If any section, paragraph or part of this chapter is for any reason determined invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, every other section, paragraph or part shall continue in full force and effect.
Editor's Note: The map of the Chelmsford Center Historic District and the boundary description of the district are on file in the office of the Town Clerk.