Building Ordinance


ARTICLE 21. Commercial and Industrial Structures

The following standards are to be used by the Planning Board in judging applications for Commercial and Industrial construction. In all instances the burden of proof shall be on the applicant.

  • 21.1 – The landscape shall be preserved in its natural state insofar as is practicable by minimizing tree removal and disturbance of soil, and by retaining existing vegetation during construction. After construction is completed, landscaping shall be designed and planted that will define, soften or screen the appearance of off-road parking areas from the public right-of-way and abutting properties and/or structures in order to minimize the encroachment of the proposed use on neighboring land uses.

  • 21.2 – Proposed structures shall be related harmoniously to the terrain and to existing buildings in the vicinity which have a visual relationship to the proposed buildings. Special attention shall be paid to the bulk, location and height of the building(s) and such natural features as slope, soil type and drainage ways.

  • 21.3 – The proposed site layout shall provide for sage entrances and exits from public and private roads.

  • 21.4 – Adequate provision shall be made for surface drainage so that removal of surface waters will not adversely affect neighboring properties, downstream water quality, soil erosion of the public health.

  • 21.5 – The development shall not impose an unreasonable burden on public utilities including, but not limited to, fire protection, solid waste disposal, and road maintenance.

  • 21.6 – All exterior lighting, except that for security purposes, shall be shielded and non-flashing and designed to minimize adverse impact on neighboring properties.

  • 21.7 – In making this application the applicant shall consult federal and state authorities to determine applicable air quality laws and regulation, and furnish evidence of compliance to the Board.

  • 21.8 – The applicant must demonstrate adequate financial and technical capacity to meet the above standards.

  • 21.9 – The proposed usage may not raise noise levels to the extent that abutting and/or nearby residents are adversely affected.