Ordinance Committee Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on March 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM
City Hall Council Chambers




                                                        CITY COUNCIL


                                 HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS

                                      Notice of Committee Meeting


There will be a Regular Meeting of the Committee on


At the City Council Chambers on Tues. March 12, 2013

At 6:30P.M. Joint Public Hearing with Planning Board at 7:00

Per order of the Chairperson: Rebecca Lisi




  1. Petition of John Lynch for a special permit for a Professional Office in the Overlay District at1754 Northampton St.



2.       JOURDAIN (3/20/12)

That an ordinance be created limiting to 72 hours the amount of time before a parade or other event that persons can leave chairs, ropes, tape barriers and other items along city sidewalks and tree belts.



3.       ALEXANDER () tabled from 2/26/13

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 theLot,



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.




ALEXANDER () tabled from 2/26/13

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.




5.      Councilor Lisi (12-6-2011) tabled from 2/26/13

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).





6.       JOURDAIN (10/30/12)

Ordered, that That the Zoning Ordinance at Appendix A at Sections 6.4.5 (6) & 6.4.6 regulating political signs be amended by deletion or amendment in order to bring them into legal compliance, if possible.


7.       ALEXANDER

Ordered, that Whereas: The City Zoning Ordinance sec 4.6 is inadequate to properly regulate fencing, and whereas there is also reference to fencing in sec 54.12 of the Code of Ordinances


Ordered: That Sec 54.12 of the Code of Ordinances (this section prohibits razor wire fences) be struck in its entirety, and replaced by a new section of the Zoning Ordinance, and further:


That Zoning Ordinance sec 4.6 (FENCES) be struck in its entirety and replaced by alternate text to be provided to the Council.




8.       LISI (2/5/13)

Ordered that Section 8.1 of the Zoning Ordinance, Flood plain Overlay District as well as the map of the overlay district, be amended to comply with the federal regulations at 44 CFR 60.3 and the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map and Base Flood Elevations, which take effect on July 16, 2013.




LISI (06-05-12)

Ordered, that the demolition delay ordinance, Sec. 18-34, be reviewed and amended to update the procedures for notification to the historic commission in order to bring it in line with current city practices.


Ryan M. Allen: Administrative Assistant

The listing of matters are those reasonably 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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