According to Planning Board Chairman Vincent Vignaly, article 37 will update the wording of the existing Incentive Zoning Bylaw to coordinate it with the Residential Cluster Zoning Bylaw, which voters adopted at last October's Town Meeting, and the West Boylston Housing Production Plan which is expected to be completed soon.
Cluster zoning allows developers to build unites closer together for trade-offs in open space.
To be conducted under the town's cluster zoning
ordinance, the buildings will be gathered closely together on the available land, leaving undeveloped space for walking trails and other recreational purposes.
Cluster zoning would allow groups of buildings to be placed on less area of a lot, in return for open space in other parts of the property.
Likewise, using cluster zoning will not allow a developer to build multi-family units on tracts of land where they are now prohibited, as listed in section 3.
Under cluster zoning, required frontage would be reduced from 120 feet to 50 feet, thus reducing the need for longer access roads.