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section, and that sufficient parking exists to serve the new proposed use. The Planning Board shall require an application for Waiver of Site Plan that shall at a minimum include a narrative describing the prior use of the site, the nature of the proposed use, and its impact. The Planning Board may provide for a schedule of examination fees in connection with the Site Plan Review and/or Waiver of Site Plan Review herein provided.

Or take any action in relation thereto.


Planning Board

RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE: That the Town vote to approve the article as written. Voted 7-0.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN: That the Town vote to approve the article as written. Voted 4-0.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE PLANNING BOARD: That the Town vote to approve the article as written. Voted 6-0.

VOTE OF THE TOWN MEETING: The vote of the Town Meeting was unanimous in approving the article as written as declared by the Moderator.

ARTICLE 14: OPEN SPACE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT (2/3 Vote Required) To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws by inserting a new Chapter Seventeen – Open Space Residential Development as follows:

17.01 Purpose and Intent:


Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) is a creative land use technique that accommodates residential growth while preserving at least 50% of the parcel

as meaningful open space in perpetuity.

OSRD is the preferred form

residential development in the Town of Sturbridge and is permitted within Rural Residential, Suburban Residential and Special Use Zoning Districts.

of the

  • B.

    The primary purposes for this bylaw are to encourage flexibility and creativity in the design of residential developments and to encourage a less sprawling and more efficient form of development that consumes less open land and conforms to existing topography and natural features better than traditional subdivisions. Appropriate OSRD will facilitate the permanent preservation of meaningful open space and help to maintain the Town’s traditional New England character and land use development pattern.

    • 17.02



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