2021 STM Draft Zoning Articles

Summary of Zoning Amendments for 

2021 Special Town Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the proposed zoning amendments for the 2021 Special Town Meeting.  Hard copies of the full text are available at the Planning Department at Town Hall during normal business hours, or can be viewed by clicking on the links below.  

  1. Zoning Article 1 - National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Provisions:  This Article includes amendments related to development within Flood Zones and are necessary to maintain the Town’s eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  This program is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and enables homeowners, businesses and renters in participating communities to purchase federally backed flood insurance.  Flood insurance is required for anyone with a bank mortgage backed by the federal government, such as through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.  With 1,100 active flood insurance policies in the Town of Yarmouth, maintaining eligibility in the NFIP is critical for our community.
  2. Zoning Article 2 - Zoning District Boundaries:  This Article addresses inconsistencies between the zoning boundaries shown on the Zoning Map and the written word within the Zoning Bylaw for the rear boundary limits of the B1 and B2 zoning districts.  These edits make the language in the Zoning Bylaw match the limits depicted on the Zoning Map, and outlines rules to follow should there be any uncertainty related to boundary limits. 
  3. Zoning Article 3 - Brewpubs:  This Article would expand business opportunities by allowing Brewpubs to be located within our B1/B2 commercial areas, as long as the product is manufactured for consumption and retail sale on the property, and not part of a larger manufacturing endeavor for off-site distribution.  
  4. Zoning Article 4 - Mobile Food Vendors:  This Article would expand business opportunities by allowing Mobile Food Vendors the opportunity to be located on town-owned land if approved by the Board of Selectmen through the Use of Town-Owned Property Application process.  
  5. Zoning Article 5 - Signs:  This Article clarifies that all business center signs shall have a maximum height of 12’, and simplifies the language for issuing Special Permit relief to make it less subjective.
  6. Zoning Article 6 - Rezoning of 2 Parcels:  This Article rezones two properties to help facilitate development or redevelopment.  The first parcel is a vacant residential lot located at 17 Berry Avenue, adjacent to a small vacant commercial lot at the corner of Route 28 and Berry Avenue, and across Berry Avenue from other commercial development (the 99 Restaurant).   Rezoning of this parcel may promote commercial development on one or both of these vacant parcels. The second parcel is located behind 125 Route 6a and contains the parking area for the existing business along Route 6a (formerly Dennis Partners, currently vacant).   The two parcels serving this business have mixed zoning with B1 business along Route 6a and residential in the parking area.  This Article would foster redevelopment by eliminating the complications and restrictions associated with mixed zoning.  
  7. Zoning Article 7 - Body Art Establishments:  This Article would expand business opportunities by allowing Body Art Establishments that provide tattooing and cosmetic tattooing to be located within the commercial corridor along Route 28.  This amendment would provide these businesses with the same opportunities provided to other personal care services such as hair salons and spas, rather than limiting them to the adult entertainment district.