City Council – Ordinance Committee Text Size

Event takes place on February 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM
City Council Chamber, 536 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA

At the City Council Chamber, on Tuesday February 26 at 6:30 PM Joint Public Hearing with planning Board at 7:00 PM


City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting: There will be a regular meeting of the
Committee on


At the City Council Chamber, on Tues Feb 26 at 6:30 PM Joint Public Hearing
with Planning Board at 7:00 PM

Per order of Chairperson- Rebecca Lisi


1. ALEXANDER () tabled 1/22/13
Ordered, that Whereas: Zoning Chart Principal Use #29 (Outdoor
Driving Range) is specifically included in the definition of
Principal Use #28 (Outdoor Recreation)

Ordered: That Principal Use #29 be stricken from the Zoning Chart
Principal Uses table


2. ALEXANDER Tabled 1/22/13
Ordered, that Whereas: Sec 4.5 (Swimming Pools) of the Zoning
Ordinance refers to an obsolete version of the State Building Code

Ordered: That 4.5.3 (Safety Barrier) be modified to strike the
reference to 780CMR 120.M.105 and instead refer to “The current
Edition of 780 CMR.”


3. Councilor O’Neill (10-6-2009) Tabled 1/22/13

that the council amends the zoning ordinance to define “wildlife
rehabilitation” as a specific use & to prohibit it in those zones
those are not appropriate for such use due to their density,
residential character & similar characteristics.


4. Councilor Brunelle (6-02-2009) Tabled 1/22/13

that the council amends the zoning ordinance to provide that
temporary structures are only allowed for thirty days.


5. ALEXANDER () continued from 1/22/13
Ordered, that Whereas: There are approximately 20 Lots throughout the
City where a Zone boundary bisects the lot, dividing it into 2 zones,
and it has been the practice of the City to consider only the portion
within the relevant Zone when evaluating development of the Lot,

That the following changes to the Zoning Ordinance be made:

Section 2.0 Definitions
Add definition of “Split-Zone Parcel (Lot)” – A parcel of land that
contains more than one classification of zoning district. Also known
as a Partial Zone Parcel (Lot).

Section 5.5 Split-Zone Parcels
5.5.1 General.
A Lot or Parcel of land defined as a Split Zone Parcel shall meet the
following criteria:
The requirements of zoning and use shall be calculated including only
the area of the parcel upon which the planned use is allowed under
section 4.0.
For the purpose of construction and development of a split-zone
parcel, development shall meet the requirements of Section 5.2 within
the zone permitted under section 4.0 including but not limited to
setback requirements from the zone boundary.


6. ALEXANDER () continued from 1/22/13
Ordered, that Ordered: That footnote #6 (defining “maximum coverage”)
to table 5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance be moved from its present
location to the column header so it refers to all zones, and

That footnote #6 have the “over 100 square feet” qualifier removed.


7. Councilor Lisi (12-6-2011) continued from 1/22/13
Ordered, that the city review the professional occupations defined
and permitted by the Professional Office Overlay District (POOD) and
consider amending them so that the POOD zone can accommodate
additional businesses that may be explicitly excluded from the
current language, but appropriate for that area based on the present
make up of the district (i.e. real estate and insurance businesses).


8. Councilor Lopez (3-1-2011) continued from 1/22/13
Section 6.4.3 Special regulations be amended to allow for a waiver
and for a better definition of Electronic signs. 6. Electronic signs.
No sign or advertising device shall, in any district, incorporate or
be lighted by, flashing, scrolling or blinking lights, or be designed
to attract attention by change in light intensity or direction, or by
repeated mechanical or electrical motion. Fixed banners or electronic
signs using changeable lights to convey the time, temperature, shall
be exempt from this prohibition.


9. VACON, Alexander, Soto, Tallman (2/19/13)
Ordered, that the City Council consider allowing an approved
representative for persons physically unable to provide such services
to the City for the Veterans Tax Work off Program the Director of
Veterans Service must personally approve the exemption and the


10. MCGEE_T (2/5/13)
Ordered, that the City Clerk’s stipend allocated to cover her work in
the Registrar of Voters office be allocated to the employees of the
office who are covering duties in her absence.


11. JOURDAIN, Alexander, Leahy, McGiverin, Soto, Tallman (2/19/13)
Ordered, that the Assistant City Clerk and Assistant City Treasurer
be removed as political appointees of the Clerk (under Sec 2-85) and
Treasurer (under Sec 2-113) serving at their pleasure respectively
but be converted to career service positions or have 5 year terms of
office appointed by the Clerk or Treasurer


Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen

The listing of matters are those reasonable anticipated by the chair which
may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be
discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the
extent permitted by law.

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