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Zoning Resources

PURPOSE – These regulations are enacted to promote the general welfare of the City of Holyoke, to protect the health and safety of its inhabitants, to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the city, to preserve the cultural, historical and agricultural heritage of the community, to increase the amenities of the city, and to reduce the hazard from fire by regulating the location and use of buildings and the area of open space around them, all as authorized by, but not limited to, the provisions of the Zoning Act, G.L. c. 40A, as amended, Section 2A of 1975 Mass. Acts 808, and by Article 89 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
APPLICABILITY – All buildings or structures hereinafter erected, reconstructed, altered, enlarged or moved, and the use of all premises in the City of Holyoke shall be in conformity with the provisions of this ordinance.  No building, structure or land shall be used for any purpose or in any manner other than is expressly permitted within the district in which such building, structure or land is located. In accordance with the G.L. c. 40A, and not withstanding any provision to the contrary, this ordinance shall not prohibit, regulate, or restrict the use of land or structures for religious or municipal purposes or for educational purposes on land owned or leased by the Commonwealth or any of its agencies, subdivisions or bodies politic or by a religious sect or denomination, or by a nonprofit educational corporation. Such land or structure shall, however, be subject to all dimensional controls which are a part of this ordinance.



The Planning Board shall maintain the official zoning map, which is a part of this ordinance, and shall post thereon all amendments adopted by the City Council. Copies of the official zoning map shall be furnished by the City Clerk, the administrative assistant to the City Council, the Building Commissioner, the Board of Appeals, and other agencies as may be required. A copy of the map shall be available for public view in the Planning Board office.  Notice of a change in the map shall be in a form drafted by the City Clerk, and he shall furnish a copy thereof to be sent by mail, postage prepaid, to the owners of interest in land in the rear of, on either side of, and directly across the street from the property affected by such proposed change, at least seven (7) days before the time fixed for such hearing.


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